CDC Issues New Mask Guidelines For Fully-Vaccinated That Allow Maskless Outdoor Gatherings; CA To Align; Good News For Actors, Film, TV Productions – Updated

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UPDATED with latest: Just minutes after the federal government issued new outdoor masking guidelines for fully-vaccinated Americans, California Governor Gavin Newsom released a statement confirming that the state would adopt the CDC strictures. “After reviewing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s masking recommendations,” wrote Newsom, “and with science and data as our guide, we are moving to align California’s guidance with these common-sense updates.” Los Angeles public health officials have yet to weigh in, but they generally agree with the state.

PREVIOUSLY at 11:02 a.m.: Just as the weather warms up the CDC has issued new masking guidance for Americans. A key takeaway from the release is that fully-vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues. Specifically, masks should still be worn at a crowded outdoor event, like a live performance, parade, or sports event.

Case in point: This Sunday’s giant Vax Live concert at the new SoFi stadium in Los Angeles is limiting the crowd to fully-vaccinated residents. According to instructions posted on Ticketmaster, attendees must wear masks, show their vaccination card and an ID to prove who they are.

Restaurants, however, are a different story. The guidance says that fully vaccinated people may dine at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households. See chart below.

An update from @CDCDirector:

If you are fully vaccinated and want to attend a small outdoor gathering — or dine at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households — the science shows that you can safely do so, unmasked.

— White House COVID-19 Response Team (@WHCOVIDResponse) April 27, 2021

What this means for TV and film productions, which would seem to fall in between those two examples, remains to be seen. The guidance says that Americans are safe to attend small, outdoor gatherings with fully-vaccinated family and friends without a mask. Assuming most workers on a film and TV set are vaccinated and the production is using the zone model, this would seem to open the way to maskless outdoor shoots and maybe even small crowd scenes.

The guidance also may give actors some mental relief as the CDC strictures seem to offer more assurance about performing maskless in a small group setting — so long as everyone is vaccinated.

However, the CDC does warn that risk increases, even for the fully vaccinated, during “activities that involve behaviors such as singing, shouting, physical exertion or heavy breathing, inability to wear a mask, or inability to maintain physical distancing.”

It’s unclear how soon these recommendations could become codified in the industry protocols that govern film and TV production, but the CDC does recommend workers continue to “follow guidance issued by individual employers.” States and counties could also weigh in.

Here are additional specifics from the CDC announcement, which say fully-vaccinated Americans may:

Those final five bullet points are certainly good news to Hollywood types traveling for work, not to mention productions on location.

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Let’s require vaccinations and get cruising again | Opinion - South Florida Sun Sentinel

South Florida Sun Sentinel 27 April, 2021 - 07:00pm

The good news is that there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel.

As a result of high-quality vaccines developed by some of America’s most ingenious companies and approved by the Federal Drug Administration, as well as the dedicated leadership of the Biden administration to rapidly accelerate vaccine distribution, the number of vaccinated Americans continues to rise rapidly. In fact, the U.S. vaccination rate is nearly five times faster than the world average.

All of these are positive signs that our country is poised to reopen businesses and travel again. We’ve already seen the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reduce restrictions for vaccinated Americans who want to travel via road, rail or air. In addition, on April 19, the CDC said vaccines are working as intended and that so far, out of more than 84 million people who were fully vaccinated, less than 6,000 breakthrough cases have been reported. This means the probability of getting COVID-19 after being vaccinated is 0.007%, which is almost identical to the odds of being struck by lightning in your lifetime.

We share the CDC’s view that vaccinations are the primary vehicle for Americans to get back to their everyday lives while containing the spread of the virus. We have worked tirelessly to ensure that our resumption of cruise operations is guided by science and prioritizes the health and safety of our passengers, crew and the communities we visit. Most importantly, because our return to service plan mandates that the entire population onboard our vessels be vaccinated, our plan significantly reduces the risk of outbreaks and severe COVID-19 cases. Mandatory vaccinations will be combined with our multi-layered, science-backed health and safety protocols, including universal testing, contactless food service, upgraded air filtration systems and enhanced medical facilities. These protocols were developed under the guidance of some of our nation’s top public health and scientific experts.

We have absolute confidence that our ships will be ready to safely operate this summer as our health and safety protocols far exceed anything that the CDC is currently requiring of other industries. With our vessels safely back in operation, we will restore hundreds of thousands of American jobs and generate billions of dollars in revenue in communities across Florida, California, Texas, New York, Alaska, Washington and Georgia, among other states. The cruise industry usually employs more than 420,000 Americans, many of whom are still out of work but desperately ready to return safely.

To make these jobs and economic activity a reality, we need help. We’re committing to requiring vaccinations for all guests and crew and we are working hard with CDC staff to safely reopen the industry. All we need is for senior leadership at the CDC and the Biden administration to work with us and the rest of the cruise industry to finalize an updated, science-based agreement that allows us to safely reopen.

Our primary responsibility will always be the safety and welfare of our guests and crew. Recognizing our shared responsibility to health and safety standards — by exceeding the mandated safety requirements set for other dining, entertainment, travel and tourism enterprises — we embrace these guidelines and view them as opportunities to strengthen public health measures and restore public confidence in our industry.

By working together and making decisions based upon sound science and best practices, we will jumpstart our nation’s beleaguered economy, safely put hundreds of thousands of people back to work, revitalize communities along our coasts and gulf, and allow millions of Americans to enjoy vacationing again.

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CDC’s New Outdoor Mask Guidance Is a Joke | National Review

National Review 27 April, 2021 - 11:52am

Per the Washington Post, the CDC now says that “fully vaccinated Americans can go without masks outdoors when walking, jogging or biking outdoors, or dining with friends at outdoor restaurants.”

But this isn’t the only deliverance the pezzonovante at the CDC are bestowing upon us.

The CDC says that “even unvaccinated individuals may go without masks when walking, jogging or biking outdoors with household members.”

But for those hoping this new guidance means you might be able to attend a baseball game without wearing a mask, I have disappointing news. Our moral betters at the CDC “caution that crowded outdoor settings still pose risks and urge everyone — both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals — to wear masks when attending sporting events, live performances and parades.”

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To be clear, the science was overwhelming last year that the risk of outdoor transmission of COVID-19 was low to non-existent. Anybody following the science should have never felt compelled to wear a mask outdoors during the pandemic.

Furthermore, somebody who is fully vaccinated is at minimal risk of catching COVID-19 indoors or outdoors. Earlier this month, the CDC itself reported that out of a universe of 66 million individuals who were vaccinated at the time, just 5,800 got the virus. That’s less than 1-in-10,000.

The idea that the CDC, even in loosening outdoor mask guidance, is still insisting that vaccinated people wear masks in crowded outdoor settings is completely unmoored from science or reason. This is a bungling agency that has made one mistake after another throughout the pandemic. Just earlier today, the agency had to backtrack on guidance offered by its director about vaccinating pregnant women — one of many such examples of providing mixed messages.

It would be easy to say that every American should just ignore the CDC, because the people running it have exposed themselves as unserious people. But the problem is that state and local officials as well as private business often defer to CDC guidance. So if you live in a Faucistan sector of the United States, your daily life is likely still going to be affected by whatever the CDC decides to cook up. So this joke announcement has real-world implications.

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