CDC now says people sick with COVID-19 can break quarantine to vote in-person
For many times since the coronavirus pandemic started in January of this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reversed course on guidelines regarding the COVID-19. In an effort to encourage everyone to vote in the November 3 election, the CDC said that coronavirus patients can break quarantine Tuesday to vote in person
“Voters have the right to vote, regardless of whether they are sick or in quarantine,” the CDC stressed in safe-voting guidance posted Sunday.
However, CDC cautioned that “Voters who are sick or in quarantine should take steps to protect poll workers and other voters. This includes wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands or using hand sanitizer before and after voting. You should also let poll workers know that you are sick or in quarantine when you arrive at the polling location. Check with local authorities for any additional guidance.”
In 6-step guidance posted on its website to guide Americans on election day, the CDC said there are steps people can take to help them vote and minimize their risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. While having the right to do so, those infected by the contagion “should take steps to protect poll workers and other voters,” the health agency said.
“This includes wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands or using hand sanitizer before and after voting,” the CDC guidance said.