Bracewell’s Becky Baker recently gave GlobeSt reporter Erik Sherman comments on the new COVID-19 guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control related to mask mandates.
“The CDC made clear that masks and distancing should be maintained ‘where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance,’” said Baker. “We may see an uptick in office-based employees being recalled to the workplace at a quicker pace than before the CDC updated its recommendations.”
There are multiple practical issues. Neither the CDC nor the federal government is the sole voice of authority when it comes to mask mandates. The agency noted that states, local agencies, and even businesses might have their own requirements. While some governments are ending their mandates, not all have.