CDC Removes Restrictions On Fully Vaccinated Individuals; Some Jacksonville restaurants are taking note of this
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated the COVID-19 recommendations on Thursday so that fully vaccinated people can be maskless in any environment, unless masks are in people according to federal or state regulations or companies enter, required.
The updated guidelines also state that fully vaccinated people shouldn’t have to worry about social distancing.
Several restaurants in the Jacksonville area have taken note of the change, including the Bearded Pig in San Marco. A sign in the restaurant sometimes says: “We will now give our fully vaccinated employees the opportunity not to wear a mask while working.”
In the city center of the Burrito Gallery, the employees there now have the same option.
“But we still wear a mask as much as possible so the next person will be comfortable when they walk in here,” said Tyler Pernal, manager at the Burrito Gallery.
Back in San Marco, all Seafood Island and Grill employees have been vaccinated but say they will wear their masks while they work.
News4Jax spoke to Lauren Aycock, who works in the healthcare sector, as she walked through the Five Points neighborhood.
“My bigger concern is people who say, ‘Oh yes, I am vaccinated. I don’t have to wear my mask. ‘How do entrepreneurs who want to protect themselves and their employees ensure that people who do not wear their masks have actually been vaccinated? ” She said.
Specifically, Florida businesses and restaurants are not allowed to require individuals to provide records certifying COVID-19 vaccinations or recovery from infection before gaining access. Florida lawmakers recently passed a COVID-19 passport ban.
A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after receiving the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The guidelines recommend that fully vaccinated people be tested only if they experience symptoms of COVID-19.
For international travel, the recommendations state that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to be tested for COVID-19 unless such testing is a requirement of the destinations.
7,327,823 people in Florida have completed their required vaccine doses, according to the latest Florida Department of Health report. The report does not indicate how many of these people are fully vaccinated after the two-week period after the final dose.
Florida Intelligence contributed to this report.
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