(Washington, D.C.) — As the world battles against the highly transmissible delta variant of the COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended Tuesday that vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors in certain circumstances, reversing their indoor mask policy. The agency additionally advised vaccinated people living in high-transmission environments to wear masks indoors, for vaccinated people with vulnerable household members to wear masks indoors and universal masking for all teachers.
“The CDC’s initial reversal of its indoor mask requirement unnecessarily puts thousands of essential workers at risk, especially if they worked in crowded or public indoor places. I’m glad the CDC has done the right thing by calling for indoor masks.
“The risks of contracting COVID-19 as an essential worker are still a very real and present danger. The new recommendations will help protect workers, as well as Black and Brown people who are still more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection than other groups.”
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law sent a letter to the CDC in June urging immediate reinstatement of its guidance to require face coverings in collective settings, such as restaurants, retail shops, grocery stores, and public transit to ensure racial health disparities are not worsened.
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visit https://lawyerscommittee.org.