On July 27, the CDC issued a recommendation for masks in K-12 schools and in areas of the United States experiencing “substantial and high” COVID-19 transmission, even for those who are fully vaccinated.
The new recommendations are a significant departure from the CDC’s announcement in May that fully vaccinated Americans could avoid wearing a mask in most situations.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday, the Department of Defense now requires anyone entering its facilities to wear a mask in response to the new guidance.
According to Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Jamal Brown, the announcement “applies to all service members, federal personnel, contractors, and visitors when indoors at all properties owned by the department in those areas, in accordance with updated CDC guidelines.”
Disney Parks Will Require Visitors to Mask Up
Starting Friday, Disneyland and Walt Disney World will reintroduce indoor mask requirements.
Regardless of vaccination status, all visitors 2 years of age and older will be required to wear masks.
Regardless of vaccination status, guests must wear masks “while indoors and on Disney buses, monorail, and Disney Skyliner,” according to the company’s website. “This applies both upon entry and throughout all attractions. All guests in outdoor common areas are still permitted to wear face coverings.”
The parks, which are located in Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida, are both in high-transmission areas.
According to the website, costume masks are not considered adequate protection.
Pastor Threatens to Turn Away Masked Parishioners
During a Sunday sermon, Tennessee pastor Greg Locke, who has a large online following, called the highly infectious Delta variant “nonsense” and said people wearing masks would be turned away from the Global Vision Bible Church in Mount Juliet, TN.
Locke, who previously referred to the pandemic as “fake,” predicted that “they will be serving Frostys in hell before we shut this place down.” A Frosty is a type of dessert available at Wendy’s fast food restaurants.
He went on to say, “They’re considering shutting down the country for a second time. We’re talking about masking everyone back up and closing down churches. If they think they’re going to close down this church, I’ll give them my hind leg “Locke stated. “Knock on my door and ask if I have a vaccine. My back leg. Don’t let the door slam into you where the Lord split you.”