CDC Eases Mask Guidance for Vaccinated People Outdoors

By Anna Breuer on 28 April 2021
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A masked individual on Locust Walk on the University of Pennsylvania campus earlier in the week

Get ready for the post-pandemic world: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a major step in this direction by relaxing the requirement for Americans to wear masks outdoors.  Fully vaccinated individuals need not don face masks when walking, biking, hiking, running alone, or gathering in small groups outside.

The guidance also applies to those fully vaccinated individuals dining outside and gathering in small groups, even with non-vaccinated people present.  The guidance does not change rules for non-vaccinated individuals in any respect, however.

President Joseph Bidensees the new mask rules as an incentive for Americans who have not yet gotten inoculated to get the jab and a step towards normalcy.

“For those who haven’t gotten their vaccination yet, especially if you’re younger or think you don’t need it, this is another great reason to go get vaccinated. Now. Now,” the president said. “Yes, the vaccines are about saving your life, but also the lives of the people around you. But they’re also about helping us get back to closer to normal.”

“So go get the shot. It’s never been easier,” he added. “And once you’re fully vaccinated, you can go without a mask when you’re outside and away from big crowds.”

The head of the CDC, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, provided a broader interpretation of the new guidance.

“We no longer feel that the vaccinated people require masks outdoors,” outside of “large public venues, such as concerts, stadiums and things like that,” she said, speaking at a White House briefing on the matter.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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