CDC says vaccinated folks can go maskless in most locations, however some firms are nonetheless requiring it – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The people of Pittsburgh are responding to news that vaccinated people will no longer have to wear masks.
Pennsylvania passed the CDC’s new guidelines on Thursday. People who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks or practice social distancing in most places, both indoors and outdoors.
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The new instructions are welcome news for many, but others are reluctant to take the mask off.
“We’re very excited,” said Mike Sukitch, owner of Mike’s Beer Bar.
“I’m a little tired,” said Samantha Shopper, a pirate fan who went to the game on Thursday.
Sukitch has been waiting for this day.
“It’s been more than a year since I was able to go maskless in my own business. To be able to do that feels great. The staff are all smiling, ”said Sukitch.
His customers were delighted to learn of this change.
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“I think that’s great. Obviously the mask is annoying,” said Derek Pryor.
“I am really happy because I am fully vaccinated. So I still support wearing a mask. I’ll probably still do it in public, ”said Abbie Embry.
The CDC guidelines state that people must obey federal and local laws and mask mandates in companies and in the workplace.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have not changed their mask rules at PNC Park.
Brian Warecki, a pirate spokesman, released a statement: “We are currently reviewing the announcement made by the CDC and PA Department of Health this afternoon. We will announce any resulting impact on the current protocols at PNC Park as soon as they are finalized. “
This change in guidelines is not for everyone. Pennsylvania Department of Health officials said people who are not vaccinated will still have to wear masks until 70 percent of Pennsylvania adults are fully vaccinated.
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The CDC’s new guidelines do not apply to mass transportation in the healthcare sector. The port authority says masks are still required for staff and drivers. Giant Eagle said it will continue to need masks in its store.