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NWRA Urges CDC and OSHA to Clarify What New Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People Means for Workplaces


Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) joined other organizations on a letter to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) urging the agencies to clarify new guidance for fully vaccinated people related to returning to the workplace.

The latest CDC guidance does not require fully vaccinated people to wear a mask or practice physical distancing in any setting “except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance."

“As more people become vaccinated, it is important that employers have clear guidance to ensure safe re-entry into the workplace,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “We urge the CDC and OSHA to bring clarity to the new guidance.”


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

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