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New mask requirements create confusion

The government’s new guidance on masks for vaccinated people has resulted in some confusion in Virginia and across the nation  and has left states and businesses scrambling to adjust their rules.

While a universal indoor mask mandate has ended in Virginia, that isn’t the case for schools. Gov. Ralph Northam’s office announced Monday evening that face coverings are still required for grades K-12, except in certain circumstances like outdoor recess.

Spectators at outdoor school sports may also go without a mask if they are fully vaccinated.

Those attending sporting events who have not been fully vaccinated are still urged to wear masks, although that is not a requirement.

Everyone indoors on school property in Virginia must still wear a mask.

Target and CVS on Monday became the latest retailers to say vaccinated shoppers and workers don’t have to wear masks in stores.

About 123 million Americans — 37% of the population — are fully vaccinated against coronavirus, and more than 157 million, or 47%, have received at least one dose.