Virginia to Revoke Masks Mandate; COVID-19 restrictions finish on time for Memorial Day Weekend
Governor Ralph Northam said the state’s universal mask mandate will end under CDC guidelines. Virginia will lift its coronavirus restrictions on May 28th.
RICHMOND, VA. – Governor Ralph Northam said Friday that Virginia’s universal mask mandate to fight the spread of COVID-19 was coming to an end.
Starting Saturday at noon, the state will be following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which will allow people fully vaccinated for the disease to go mask-free in most cases.
Here are some places where people are still required to wear masks. regardless of vaccination status:
- public transport
- health Center
- Collect settings
- K-12 public schools
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A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after receiving the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.
In general, people who have not been vaccinated are advised to continue wearing masks. Those who are not vaccinated and who work in certain areas such as retail, fitness, restaurant, personal care / grooming, and entertainment venues must continue to wear a mask.
Businesses can also require their customers or employees to continue wearing face covers.
In addition to changing masking requirements, Northam said Friday that it would increase the end of coronavirus restrictions by two weeks. These expire on May 28th just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.
Between Friday and May 28, Virginia will be able to vaccinate as many people as possible before the state reopens fully.
Northam said vaccines were responsible for the state’s recent case numbers and made those changes possible.
“I urge any Virginian who has not yet been vaccinated to do so. The vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19,” he wrote in a press release. “The message is clear: through vaccinations, we are putting this pandemic in the rearview mirror and getting back to the people we love and doing the things we have missed.”
Virginia will remain in a state of emergency through June 30, and Northam’s office said the governor will take steps to ensure people are legally able to wear masks after that date.
A layoff from the governor said 64% of Virginia’s adult population had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to date, and he was hoping 70% of adults would be partially vaccinated by July 4. (Seventy percent is President Joe Biden’s stated vaccination goal.)
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