The Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new guideline Thursday

Face coverings non longer required at Dell Diamond however they will continue to provide socially distant, pod-style seating for fans who wish to remain socially distanced.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new guideline Thursday regarding the use of masks which left many people scratching their heads. Just last week the consensus from the Federal Government and many Health Care consultants was to hold the line on mask-wearing, but in an announcement to the press yesterday afternoon by the CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky was that those who have been fully vaccinated could forgo their masks and social distancing in many indoor situations and outdoor activities.

“Today, CDC is updating our guidance for fully vaccinated people,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Thursday at a White House COVID-19 briefing. “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing. If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”

Anyone who is vaccinated but develops symptoms should mask up and get tested, she warned. Walensky also warned that there’s always a chance the pandemic situation could worsen, and the nation may need to return to pieces of the earlier guidance. 

The announcement caught many state and local governments, small businesses, and national corporations off-guard and scrambling to clarify their positions on mask-wearing. Kroger, Home Depot, and Starbucks will still require that you wear masks in their facilities. H.E.B. has not made a public announcement on their position since the press conference yesterday. Many corporations like CVS, Walgreens, and Macy’s are still reviewing their options

Many sports venues are also trying to clarify their positions on masks. The MLB will allow their clubs to defer to the guidelines set by the Local Authorities.

The Round Rock Express issued this statement yesterday.

“On Thursday afternoon, Major League Baseball (MLB) provided its clubs with updated health and safety policies related to fan attendance at Professional Development League ballparks. Effective immediately, clubs can defer to local authorities regarding the requirements related to the wearing of face coverings in ballparks by attendees.

As a result, in line with State of Texas, Williamson County, and City of Round Rock policies, face coverings will no longer be required to attend Round Rock Express games at Dell Diamond. In addition, MLB has eliminated the requirement that clubs have any buffer zones between the dugout and bullpen and fans in attendance.

The Express will continue to provide socially distant, pod-style seating in the entire left field Home Run Porch (Sections 206-209), as well as Sections 110 and 111 for fans who wish to remain socially distanced.”

As businesses and Governments issue their positions we will keep you informed!

The consensus from local businesses we spoke to is they are evaluating the possible impact on their employees’ and customers’ health and will issue statements next week. For now, many of the small businesses are maintaining the mask guidelines set by their local governments. If a business requires the use of a mask their guidelines must be respected regardless of the new CDC guidelines.

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