The top US public health agency has wound back rules on wearing masks, allowing fully vaccinated people to forgo face coverings in almost all indoor and outdoor settings.
Fully vaccinated people will now be able to go maskless for a range of indoor activities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The CDC defines fully vaccinated as having completed a one- or two-dose regimen and allowed two weeks to elapse.
These include visiting a hair salon, cinema, shopping centre or an uncrowded museum, or attending a full-capacity worship service. Fully vaccinated people will also be allowed to eat indoors at a restaurant or bars.
“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing mask or physical distancing,” Rochelle Walensky, CDC director, said at a press briefing.
Masks will still be required in certain indoor settings with specific health guidelines such as hospitals or traveling on public transport or aircraft.
The new guidance comes about a fortnight after the CDC said fully vaccinated people could go outside without masks in many outdoor settings.
The CDC previously recommended fully vaccinated people still wear masks even in a crowded outdoor setting like a concert or sports events or a crowded indoor setting such as a high-intensity exercise class. Those restrictions have now been dropped.
Anthony Fauci, one of President Joe Biden’s top coronavirus advisers, earlier today sought to allay some of the confusion about mask use outdoors for fully vaccinated people.
“If you are going into a completely crowded situation where people are essentially falling all over each other, then you wear a mask. But any other time if you are vaccinated and you’re outside, put aside your mask, you don’t have to wear it,” he said during an interview on Thursday with CBS This Morning.
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