Governor: Ohio’s mask order amended to comply with new CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals

Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 3:09 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Friday that the state’s health order regarding mask use for vaccinated individuals would be amended to comply with newly issued guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The governor issued the following statement:

On Thursday, the CDC eased guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals, stating that it is safe for them to stop wearing masks outdoors and in most indoor settings.

The federal guidance came a day after Gov. Mike DeWine announced that the state’s mask order would be lifted on June 2, causing some confusion in Ohio.

Some happy hour customers at the Winking Lizard Tavern in downtown Cleveland were not aware of the Governor’s change in plans. Mike Buraich of Cleveland was excited to learn about the change because he says he’s fully vaccinated, “I mean, I’m excited. I think it’s time we get back to some sense of normalcy.”

A man named Dan from Buffalo, New York, in town for a visit raised a glass and toasted Governor DeWine for amending his order to comply with the CDC’s recommendation, “I’m from New York, and my Governor has still not done that yet. But God Bless the Governor of Ohio man; he’s smart, good thinking. The people need a break.”

Infectious Disease Specialist Doctor Amy Edwards with University Hospitals tells 19 News, “Following a mask mandate doesn’t hurt anybody, but it is clear that vaccinated individuals aren’t benefitting from the masking anymore.”

But Doctor Edwards warns that even those who have been vaccinated should be sensitive to anyone who is a high risk, and if they ask you to wear a mask, it doesn’t hurt to comply.

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