Chautauqua County Health Department offers Statement in Response to the NYS Adoption of CDC Guidelines on Masks and Social Distancing for Fully Vaccinated People

Submitted by heitzend on Mon, 05/17/2021 - 15:48

MAYVILLE, NY – At today’s press briefing, Governor Cuomo announced that effective Wednesday, May 19, 2021, New York State will adopt the CDC's new mask and social distancing guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals.  These guidelines can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html


These recommendations include but are not limited to the following:

  •  Immunocompromised and unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks and social distance.
  • Masks will still be required on public transportation, nursing homes, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, schools and health care facilities.
  • Individual businesses and private venues may impose additional requirements.


People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna vaccine) or 2 weeks after the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine.


“The CDC’s guidance is encouraging and based on good science but at this time in NYS, all we have is the Governor’s announcement and we are waiting to see what written guidance comes from the State,” said Christine Schuyler, County Public Health Director. “Businesses and venues need to know how or whether they are expected to enforce the policy, and individuals need to know what constitutes proof of vaccination.”


Today’s announcement further enforces the benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19.  Information on local vaccine clinics and pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccine can be found at the County’s website, https://chqgov.com, or https://www.vaccines.gov.  The County Health Department also has efforts underway to offer vaccination opportunities to students 12 years and older in school buildings.


Schuyler added that she expects that some fully vaccinated individuals will continue to wear masks in public to protect themselves and others, such as children under the age of 12 who cannot get vaccinated against COVID-19 and medically fragile family members. 


In addition, the Governor also reiterated the following reopening announcements:

  • May 19: most capacity restrictions are lifted on restaurants, museums, retail, offices, etc.
  • May 17: outdoor food and beverage curfew is lifted.
  • May 31: indoor food and beverage curfew is lifted.
  • Outdoor gathering limit is already increased to 500.
  • Indoor gathering limit is already increased to 250.
  • Indoor residential gathering limit is already increased to 50.



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