Northam also announced that the state would lift all of its social distancing and capacity restrictions on May 28, and Hogan announced earlier this week that Maryland would lift capacity restrictions on Saturday. Businesses may still require masks, and states have exemptions for public transportation, health facilities, and schools.
“The Virginians did the right thing and we’re seeing the results,” Northam said in a video on Twitter. “The vaccines are clearly working and saving lives.”
“Today is the day so many of us have been waiting for and working towards.” Said Hogan. “We can finally clearly see the light at the end of this tunnel.”
In the region, too, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday “We are immediately reviewing the CDC guidelines and will update the DC Health guidelines accordingly.”
Costco and Walmart, both of which have locations in the region and across the country, also moved on Friday to lift their mask mandates for fully vaccinated people.
In regions with no mask requirements, Costco now allows customers who have been fully vaccinated to shop without a mask and do not require proof of vaccination.
“We encourage members to work responsibly and respectfully with this revised policy,” said Costco President and CEO W. Craig Jelinek in a press release.
Masks are still needed in Costco facilities like the pharmacy.
At Walmart, fully vaccinated customers will no longer need to wear masks in areas without a mask mandate starting Friday, and fully vaccinated Walmart employees will no longer need to wear masks starting Tuesday. Walmart sales representatives also receive a $ 75 bonus for vaccination.
Both Walmart and Costco will follow local mask regulations, if any, the companies said in publications.
Public health officials have eased their concern for vaccinated people after months of urging Americans to avoid crowded places wherever possible.
After the CDC updated its guidelines, Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN Friday that he would be comfortable eating in restaurants just over a month after saying on MSNBC that it was not “OK”.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, if he would go to a crowded restaurant for a beer and a burger.
“The answer is yes,” said Fauci. “If I had the time, I would. But I don’t have the time.”