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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has introduced new steering that totally vaccinated folks can safely do most indoor and out of doors actions with out sporting masks or social distancing.
But a lot of the transportation sector nonetheless operates on pandemic-era guidelines. Here’s what’s and is not modified by the up to date steering.
What does the brand new steering imply for masks necessities on public transit and air journey?
For now, nothing modifications. Separate from its common steering on mask-wearing, the CDC has a beforehand issued order requiring masks on public transportation, and people guidelines are unchanged.
“Right now, we still have the requirement to wear masks when you travel on buses, trains and other forms of public transportation, as well as airports and stations,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky instructed NPR on Thursday. The CDC will proceed to replace its steering because the science emerges, she added.
“Right now, we still have the requirement to wear masks when you travel,” CDC Director Walensky says about sporting a masks whereas touring. pic.twitter.com/9NgQce8u3n
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The CDC requires face masks be worn by vacationers on all planes, buses, trains, and different types of public transportation touring into, inside, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs equivalent to airports and stations.
The Transportation Security Administration units guidelines for airports, industrial plane, bus firms, and commuter bus and rail techniques. TSA introduced two weeks in the past that it was extending its mask requirement at airports, planes and transit by Sept. 13.
A TSA spokesperson instructed NPR on Thursday that no modifications to the principles are anticipated anytime quickly.
In New York City, Mayor Bill De Blasio known as the masks information “monumental” and mentioned his administration is reviewing the CDC’s steering “because masks will still be important for schools, public transportation, healthcare and congregate settings and more.” A spokesman for the town’s transit company, MTA, mentioned masks proceed to be required all through its transportation community, each indoors and on out of doors platforms till additional discover.
The Chicago Transit Authority says it is going to proceed to observe the TSA guidelines requiring masks.
What about testing or self-quarantine round journey?
For home journey, the CDC says that totally vaccinated vacationers now don’t must get examined earlier than or after journey, except testing is required by native, state, or territorial well being authorities. They additionally don’t must self-quarantine.
For worldwide journey, the CDC says totally vaccinated international travelers arriving within the United States are nonetheless required to get tested inside 3 days of their flight (or present documentation of restoration from COVID-19 previously 3 months) and may nonetheless get examined 3-5 days after their journey. Other international locations could proceed to require testing or quarantine for arriving U.S. vacationers.
The CDC says it’s now reviewing its steering for vacationers, based mostly on Thursday’s up to date steering for vaccinated folks.