STATEWIDE — The Mills administrations announced Wednesday that the state recommends all Mainers follow the new Centers for Disease control mask guidelines.
The federal CDC recommends face coverings in indoor settings statewide.
The first recommendation is that people wear face coverings when in an indoor public setting in high-risk areas.
The second recommendation is that all teachers, staff and visitors at kindergarten to grade 12 schools wear face coverings.
Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC, explained what prompted this shift.
“What precipitated this shift is the recommendation with the U.S. CDC, in a word, is the Delta variant,” Shah said.
“In a word, the Delta variant is different from other strains of this virus,” he said. “Based on what we know today, the Delta variant is more widely and more formidably, it’s rough twice as contagious,” said Shah.
The guidelines concern high-risk indoor settings that currently include two Maine counties, namely York and Piscataquis. Maine’s other 14 counties are considered low risk.
Right now, 72 percent of Mainers have been vaccinated and the Mills administration continues to urge Mainers to get vaccinated