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.
CA will be aligning with the new CDC guidelines.
If you’re fully vaccinated, outdoors, and not in a large crowd — you do not need to wear a mask.
We’ve administered 29+ million vaccines & have the lowest positivity rate and case rate in the nation.
Let’s do this. Vax up, CA!!
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 27, 2021
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.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 27, 2021