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    what's "lift mask mandates" meaning

    I have read a article on APNEWS today.
    https://apnews.com/article/coronavir...fa1df2a4fb93e5

    in this article , i found a sentence says:


    The announcement came as many states and communities have already been lifting mask mandates amid improving virus numbers and as more Americans have been shedding face coverings after getting shots.



    i don't know the meaning of "lifting mask mandates amid improving virus numbers".

    does it mean

    shed mask even though improving virus numbers
    or
    make a more strict restriction with improving virus numbers ?
    i am confused about this sentence, pleas help me.


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    Re: what's "lift mask mandates" meaning

    It would be easier to understand with a comma after *mandates." Many communities have been relaxing their rules about wearing masks. Apparently they feel that the risks due to not wearing masks are decreasing as more people are vaccinated.

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    Re: what's "lift mask mandates" meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Kapaseker View Post
    I have read an article on APNEWS today.
    https://apnews.com/article/coronavir...fa1df2a4fb93e5

    In this article , I found a sentence that says:

    The announcement came as many states and communities have already been lifting mask mandates amid improving virus numbers and as more Americans have been shedding face coverings after getting shots.

    I don't know the meaning of "lifting mask mandates amid improving virus numbers".

    What are being lifted? Mandates. What kind of mandates? Mask mandates.

    What are improving? Numbers. What kind of numbers? Virus numbers.


    Does it mean

    shed mask
    s even though improving virus numbers

    No, "even though" is not implied. The numbers are improving, so governments are easing restrictions.

    or

    make
    stronger restrictions with improving virus numbers[no space]?

    No. It is simply stating that restrictions are loosening as numbers improve. Restrictions are being lifted amid better numbers.

    I am confused about this sentence. Please help me.
    Strict is part of restriction, so putting them together in a phrase is repetitious.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 14-May-2021 at 04:03. Reason: Add a correction to the quoted message.
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    Re: what's "lift mask mandates" meaning

    In this context, "lift" means remove.
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    Re: what's "lift mask mandates" meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In this context, "lift" means remove.
    Good point!

    And numbers means statistics.
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    Re: what's "lift mask mandates" meaning

    Dou you mean that "improving virus numbers" means "a better stattics"?
    Or shoud i say that "people remove masks with less people infected" ?
    Last edited by Kapaseker; 14-May-2021 at 06:37. Reason: Capitalize the first letter

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    Re: what's "lift mask mandates" meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Kapaseker View Post
    Dou Do you mean that "improving virus numbers" means "a better statistics"?
    Or
    Should I say that "people remove masks with less people infected"?
    Note my multiple corrections above. I recommend that you install an English spell checker on your browser so that you don't make so many spelling errors. Remember to capitalise the word "I" every time you write it.

    "Statistics" is a plural word - you can't have "a statistics". "Improving virus numbers" means that the number of people who are infected and/or transmitting the virus is becoming lower.

    "People remove masks with less people infected" is not grammatical, nor does it mean the same as the original.
    1. It should be "fewer people" - use "fewer" with countable nouns and "less" with uncountable nouns.
    2. Saying "People remove masks" suggests that people are simply choosing to remove their masks. That's not the point of the original. It's nothing to do with whether or not people actually take their masks off. It's to do with the fact that the rules/laws (mandates) that require people to wear masks are starting to be lifted/reversed.

    Here is a simpler version for you:
    Fewer people are infected with Covid so some of the rules regarding wearing a mask are being reversed.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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