CDC Eases Mask Wearing Guidelines | No Longer Required Outdoors

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In urban areas, people have debated whether people should recreate with a mask on. Evidence suggests you probably don’t need to wear one. Photo: Outside

Fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to cover their faces unless they are in a big crowd of strangers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday. For the past year, Americans have been advised to wear masks outdoors within six feet of each other.

“The risk of infection outside is really minimum. If you’re vaccinated, and you’re outside, it’s even less.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci

In the easing of the guidelines, the CDC also said those who are unvaccinated could go outside without masks in some cases. The CDC adds that fully vaccinated or not, people do not have to wear masks outdoors when they walk, bike, or run alone or with members of their household. They can also go maskless in small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated people.

Unvaccinated people should still wear masks at outdoor gatherings with other unvaccinated people and outdoor restaurants. Fully vaccinated people need not wear masks in those situations.

Everyone, vaccinated or not, should still wear masks at crowded outdoor events such as concerts or sporting events and indoor public places, such as hair salons, restaurants, shopping centers, museums, and movie theaters.

The new guidance is the next step back to normal from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed over 570,000 people in the United States.

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