The White House is exploring the possibility of needing masks indoors, given the rise in COVID-19 infections.
The United States will maintain the current travel restrictions to enter its territory in the event of an outbreak of a variety of corona virus infections, which has led to a sharp rise in cases in the country.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed on Monday that the Government chaired by Joe Biden intends to maintain the current restrictions.
Psaki recalled that the delta variant is spreading in the country and the rest of the world. In the case of the United States, it has caused a new wave that mainly affects unvaccinated people. They hope will continue in the coming weeks.
On the other hand, Psaki considered it normal for the country's health authorities to have an "active" discussion on the measures to be taken, including the possibility of reclaiming the use of the mask indoors, after the Government's main epidemiologist, Antony Fauci, admit that that possibility is being considered.
In any case, he stressed that the Government will make decisions according to the recommendations of its scientific and health officials, always by "the data" and not as a political decision.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established in May that the fully vaccinated population in the United States could remain without a mask most of the time, even if they are indoors or with many people.
But, this Sunday, Anthony Fauci admitted that they are now considering recommending that those vaccinated wear the mask again, given an increase in infections that are taking the country "in the wrong direction."
What remains mandatory in the country until September is the use of masks on airplanes.
Asked if the administration is considering extending that rule for the delta variant, Psaki refused to offer details about the internal debate but said that the CDC is working on regulations that will guide the public and the airlines.
As for Fauci's words saying that the country is going in the wrong direction, Psaki attributed it to the fact that there is still a good part of the population unvaccinated.
In this regard, he added, one should be "responsible" with the statistics and keep in mind that 97% of hospital admissions in recent weeks are equivalent to non-mere people.
"The statistics show that you can be protected if you have been vaccinated, and it is doubtful that you will get sick or be hospitalized," he added.
In a similar vein, Psaki, on the other hand, said he supported health organizations' call for vaccination to be made mandatory for health professionals. But he reminded that the CDC does not make orders but makes recommendations.
Moreover, l City of New York will require all municipal workers - including teachers and police officers vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly tests COVID-19, announced on Monday by Mayor Bill Blasio.
The rule is expected to cover 340,000 municipal employees, making the city the largest employee in the United States to take action. Although this is not a vaccination mandate - no worker will be required to be vaccinated - authorities hope that the inconvenience and discomfort of weekly tests will persuade many to overcome their reluctance to get vaccinated.
California also took a similar measure to New York. It will require all state employees to show proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19 or otherwise undergoing weekly tests.
The new rule will take effect next month; officials announced Monday that it employs about 238,000 California state employees.