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Northam relaxes state’s mask guidelines to reflect CDC changes

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RICHMOND — If you’re fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and outdoors, Gov. Ralph S. Northam says it is OK to shed your face mask, as long as you are alone or with others who have completed the regimen.

On Thursday, the governor amended his mask order to align with federal guidelines released earlier this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anyone who is considered “fully vaccinated” — meaning they are two weeks removed from their last or only dose of the vaccine — is safe to be outside without a mask as long as they are alone or in a small group with others also fully vaccinated. Masks still would be required in crowded outdoor settings such as concerts and sporting events.

“The CDC’s recommendations underscore what we have said all along—vaccinations are the way we will put this pandemic behind us and get back to normal life,” Northam said in a statement released by his office. “Our increasing vaccination rate and decreasing number of new COVID-19 cases has made it possible to ease mitigation measures in a thoughtful and measured manner.”

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service