Most States To Reopen & Unmask by July 4

July 4

This July 4, there is reason to celebrate, with all signs pointing to a reopening with few restrictions of all 50 states by the national holiday.

According to The New York Times, the holdout states for the July 4 deadline are: Hawaii, which will open once 70 percent of residents have been fully vaccinated; Michigan, which reopens July 1; New Mexico, which will reopen once 60 percent of residents have been fully vaccinated; Oregon, which will open once 70 percent of residents 18 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine; and Washington, which will reopen June 30 or sooner if 70 percent of residents 16 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Many states have also eased their mask requirements for those who are fully vaccinated, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent change in guidelines, saying that the fully vaccinated can unmask both indoors and outdoors.

The Times publishes a U.S. map illustrating mask mandates that it updates regularly, as well as a state-by-state rundown of reopening and masking news, including listings by types of facilities (restaurants, casinos, etc).

At Meeting Professionals International’s WEC, happening this week in Las Vegas, there is no requirement for attendees to share their vaccination status or take a COVID-19 test beforehand. In its Duty of Care statement, the association said: “Wearing a mask indoors is not required, but those on site who are unvaccinated or immunocompromised are expected to wear a mask.”

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.