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New CDC guidelines on masks for those vaccinated


two months ago the CDC said that those vaccinated for covid-19 no longer needed to wear masks indoors. Today they’ve taken a step back and offer new recommendations. The center for disease control recommended that fully vaccinated people begin wearing masks indoors again in places with high covid transmission rates. The updated guidance comes as the Delta variant is causing another surge in coronavirus cases

Jackson business owner Anthony Kirk says that his employees never stopped wearing masks despite being vaccinated, “we have worn facial coverings since we opened in February. And as a staff, we wanted to continue to wear that as an extra precaution. Throughout the whole pandemic, we keep learning new and new things about covid and just wanted to be safe and continue to protect ourselves and protect our customers.”

The CDC also recommends that K-12 schools wear masks when they return to school. The madison county school system planned to return to school without a mask mandate but Harrell Carter of the NAACP urges the school board to reconsider and follow the new guidelines,

“We understand the CDC's guidelines, the school board has given the okay to either wear a mask or not wear a mask. We think that that is something that we need to revisit. Hopefully, they will change their minds after today is through with the CDC. But it's dangerous, it's dangerous because this virus is ever-present, we are not out of the woods yet.”

School is scheduled to begin on August 2nd and the school board is yet to comment on whether or not they will update their procedures of the return.

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