WASHINGTON, DC — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday released new guidance on what Americans fully vaccinated against the coronavirus should and should not do when gathering, social distancing and masking up.
For the most part, the new guidance eases previous recommendations, marking another step back to normalcy, according to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
“Over the past year, we have spent a lot of time telling Americans what you can’t do,” Walensky said during a White House coronavirus task force briefing. “Today, I am going to tell you some of the things you can do, if you are fully vaccinated.”
For most of the past year, the CDC has advised people to wear masks both indoors and outdoors if they are within 6 feet of one another.
A lot of that changed Tuesday for those who are fully vaccinated. The change also comes as more than half of U.S. adults have gotten at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, and more than a third have been fully vaccinated.Subscribe
Here are five things you should know about the new mask guidelines:
1. Regardless of whether you’re fully vaccinated, people no longer have to wear masks outdoors when they walk, bike or run alone or with members of their household.
2. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people can go maskless in small outdoor gatherings with other fully vaccinated people.
3. Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks at outdoor restaurants or outdoor gatherings that include other unvaccinated people. Unvaccinated people should continue to mask up in these situations.
4. Everyone should continue wearing masks at crowded outdoor events such as concerts and sporting events.
5. The CDC said vaccinated and unvaccinated people should continue mask use at indoor public places, such as hair salons, restaurants, shopping centers, gyms, museums and movie theaters.
Walensky said the decision to ease recommendations was driven by rising vaccination numbers; declines in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths; and research showing that less than 10 percent of documented instances of transmission of the virus happened outdoors, according to The Associated Press More