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Apr 24 2023
Johns Hopkins ends mask mandate at medical facilities
BALTIMORE - The mask mandate at Johns Hopkins medical facilities has been lifted. Johns Hopkins said masking is now "strongly recommended, but not required." However, masking remains mandatory for anyone with a fever or upper respiratory symptoms. "Today, COVID-19 immunity protection is higher due to both vaccinations and recovery from infection," Johns Hopkins said in a statement. "The ratesCBS News (Online)
May 23 2023
Man accused of threatening Wichita mayor over pandemic-era mask mandate is sentenced
A Wichita man accused of threatening mayor Brandon Whipple over a pandemic-era mask mandate has pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, court records show. Meredith Dowty, 62, was immediately sentenced to two years of non-reporting probation after entering the plea on May 19, three days ahead of a scheduled jury trial and a defense motion to dismiss the case.The Wichita Eagle
May 09 2023
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott lifts mask mandate in City Hall
BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced Tuesday the lifting of the COVID-19 mask mandate in City Hall. The mayor said he made the decision after consulting with the city's health commissioner. Masking is now optional, but not required inside the building, which includes the Board of Estimates room. "With this announcement, we take one more step towards returning City business to aCBS News (Online)
Dec 17 2021
“A mask mandate for shops and other indoor spaces in New York state took effect Monday as officials confront a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Friday that masks would be required in all indoor public places unless the businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. The rule will last at least until Jan. 15, and enforcement is in the hands ofThe Flip Side
Jul 26 2021
“The United States is in an ‘unnecessary predicament’ of soaring COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent delta variant, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert said Sunday… [Dr. Anthony Fauci] said recommending that the vaccinated wear masks is ‘under active consideration’ by the government’s leading public health officials.” (AP News)
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Jul 28 2021
Mandate the vaccine, not masks
With the rise of the delta variant and a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling on vaccinated people to wear masks indoors again in places where the virus is quickly spreading. At least some school districts will likely require masks this fall. Local governments, from Massachusetts to California, are reviving mask mandates.
Apr 20 2022
Mask Mandate Struck Down
“A federal judge in Florida struck down a national mask mandate on airplanes and mass transit Monday, and airlines and airports swiftly began repealing their requirements that passengers wear face coverings.” (AP News)
“The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it will appeal the ruling… The Justice Department will not, however, ask the court to stay the decision, meaningThe Flip Side
Mar 27 2023
Charlotte-area hospitals to end universal mask mandate after declining COVID cases
After a steady decline in COVID-19 cases since the start of the year, masks will no longer be required at Charlotte-area hospitals, health systems announced on Monday. The decision, which goes into effect Tuesday at 7 a.m. and includes most healthcare facilities, will affect Atrium Health, Novant Health, CaroMont Health, Cone Health and Randolph Health systems, a joint news release indicated.Charlotte Observer
Jan 18 2023
DeSantis to push for permanent ban on Florida mandates for masks, vaccines
In a wide-ranging attack on efforts to combat COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis called Tuesday for the Republican-controlled Legislature to make permanent Florida’s prohibitions on mask mandates at schools and vaccine requirements for local governments and businesses.
The measures were enacted during a special session DeSantis called in late 2021, when he was fighting many Florida schoolTallahassee Democrat
Nov 28 2022
Is Joe Biden's HHS Implementing Mask Mandates Again?
The use of masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 has lingered as a talking point, particularly among conservative politicians, even as case numbers and severity of the virus have fallen from the peak of the pandemic.
Many leading Republicans have been critical of the preventative measure, including (among others) Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who earlier this year chastised a groupNewsweek