The number of coronavirus cases is increasing in parts of the country with the rise of the Delta variant, but as Los Angeles County, California responds with the return of mandatory mask use, several states refuse to do so. even.
Unlike previous periods of the pandemic which saw an increase in cases and deaths, Americans now have the availability of several COVID-19 vaccines, which a number of governors cite as a reason to let their residents decide on precautions. to take.
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“For over a year and a half, people in South Carolina have known about the virus, they know what to do to protect themselves from it, and the vaccine is available to anyone who wants it,” said a spokesperson for the Governor of South Carolina, Henry McMaster. WBTW.
A day after LA County said it was reinstating a mask requirement for interior spaces, McMaster’s office said the governor “will not allow the restriction of Southern Carolinians in any way.”
Likewise, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has said he has no plans to require masks, encouraging people to get vaccinated instead.
“It’s not under review at this time,” Inslee said of a mask warrant, according to MyNorthwest.com. “But I’ll tell you, the people who live in these vaccine deserts, they have a right to protect themselves, and the best way is to get their friends and neighbors vaccinated.”
Inslee acknowledged the large increase in the number of cases, but said that “the acceleration was not great enough in our book to warrant it.”
Washington on Tuesday announced that 70% of residents 16 and older have so far received at least one dose of the vaccine.
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“We use the vaccinations tool,” Inslee said. “This is the ultimate response to this pandemic. We don’t want to wear masks for the next 32 years – vaccines stop this thing.”
Florida, which has the highest number of cases in the country, remains opposed to mask warrants given the availability of vaccines. In May, Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order prohibiting city and county governments in the state from imposing mask warrants, while allowing private companies to demand masks if they choose. According to the DeSantis office, the governor will not change that, although Florida recorded 45,604 new cases between July 9 and July 15, nearly double the previous seven days.
“Governor DeSantis has ruled out COVID closures and mask warrants,” press secretary Christina Pushaw told the Tampa Bay Times, noting Florida’s below-average death rate. “The key to Florida’s success has been protecting the most vulnerable – the elderly and residents of long-term care facilities.”
Pushaw also said those suffering the most from COVID-19 are largely unvaccinated.
“With vaccines available free of charge statewide, Floridians are encouraged to get vaccinated if they haven’t already,” she said.
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In Texas, which has also seen a significant increase in the number of cases, the city of Austin has issued guidelines calling on people to wear masks, but this recommendation cannot carry the weight of the law because Gov. Greg Abbott has prohibits mask warrants.
Unlike the Los Angeles mandate, Austin’s recommendation specifically targets those who have not been vaccinated. The LA County indoor mask requirement applies to everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated.
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