Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) was interviewed on Monday during MSNBC’s “Stephanie Ruhle Reports” regarding the newest CDC mask guidelines in which she was asked, “should people in Chicago wear a mask or not?” The mayor’s response seems to conflict with the most recent guidelines promoted by the CDC which stated vaccinated Americans no longer needed to mask or socially distance while outdoors.
Lightfoot called the idea to continue to mask despite vaccinations “smart” since there is no way of knowing whether an individual has been vaccinated or not. This rebuke comes just days after CDC Director Rochelle Wollensky announced in a press conference “two weeks after your last dose, you can shed your mask.”
In the interview, Lightfoot told Ruhle, “I think we’ve got to get some clarification from the CDC,” Lightfoot went on. “The rollout, obviously, the reporting has been a bit abrupt, and I think they have a lot of clarifications they need to do. I know for me personally, I’m going to continue to wear a mask in public, and I’m going to encourage others to do so. We’ve got to make sure that people are continuing to follow the public health guidance that has gotten us this far, and masks, I think, are a big and important part of that. To say, well, if you’re vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask, that’s great, but what about all of the other people out there that aren’t vaccinated, and there’s no way to know that? So I think, for the time being, most people are going to continue to wear masks … outside of their homes, and I think that’s smart.”
This stance also seems to conflict with a message put out in a social media post by President Biden where he suggested “it’s masked of vaxxed,” implying that Americans have a choice between continuing to wear masks or getting the vaccination in order to no longer need to wear the mask. President Biden also doubled down on the CDC remarks in an address on the updated mask guidelines on Monday.