Employers Warned Not to Overreact to CDC’s Mask Guidance

On May 13th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance to say that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing. The CDC clarified that this recommendation does not supersede federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, nor does it override local business and workplaces rules. For those who were tired of wearing masks, this came as a welcomed reprieve. However, for others, it has been a cause for concern. Given that the positivity rate is slowly increasing in nearly every state in the U.S., there may be a good reason to worry. In this article, employers are warned not to relax their rules too quickly. This advice is prudent for libraries, where library staff may encounter large numbers of the public and where vaccination rates could be relatively low. Employers must consider several factors before relaxing mask and physical distancing policies. The most crucial aspect to keep in mind is the safety and well-being of your employees.