Baltimore’s Democrat Mayor Brandon Scott walked off from the podium Monday when pressed on his refusal to make changes to the city’s mask-at-all-times policy despite an anticipated update from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which came Tuesday.
According to a local Fox affiliate in Baltimore, Scott did not answer a reporter’s questions about the science used to justify the policy that all individuals, regardless of immunity status, wear face masks even outside.
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I asked Johns Hopkins Dr. Amesh Adalja about the benefits of wearing a mask at all times, including outside when you can keep six feet of distance.
“I don’t think that wearing a mask [outdoors] adds much benefit,” Dr. Adalja told me this morning. pic.twitter.com/0a6WFLCTm1
— Mikenzie Frost (@MikenzieFrost) April 26, 2021
The CDC officially pulled back guidance recommending vaccinated individuals wear masks outdoors Tuesday, a policy millions of Americans had already ignored long before vaccines were even available as the outside risk of infection is low.
I was here a year ago. Nice to see our government caught up. https://t.co/qZ4NVnD2YN
— Courtney (@CShadegg) April 27, 2021
On Monday however, Scott declared it “reckless” for anyone “to be talking about, or asking about mask mandates,” according to the local Fox outlet.
“We are going to continue to follow the guidance that we get from Dr. D, the people you see here with us,” Scott said, referring to Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa.
While the CDC still demands Americans wear face masks no matter their immunity status, new studies continue to show vaccinated individuals are rarely capable of spreading the virus.