ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — North Carolina leaders say the state’s indoor mask mandate will remain in effect for now, despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated guidance announced Thurs., May 13.
Dory McMillan, Press Secretary for Gov. Roy Cooper, said that the state’s mandate would remain in effect while health officials review the specific CDC recommendations.
“The CDC announcement today on masks shows the important benefits of vaccinations,” McMillian said in a statement to News 13. “North Carolina two weeks ago removed the outdoor mask mandate, but the indoor mask mandate remains in effect while state health officials review the specific CDC recommendations.”
On Thursday, the CDC eased indoor mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, which allows them to stop wearing masks inside in most places.
The updated guidance still calls for masks in crowded indoor situations like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters.