The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Thursday that fully vaccinated Americans can finally stop wearing their masks almost anywhere – indoors or outdoors.
The new guidance still requires masks to be worn in crowded indoor environments such as buses, planes, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters, but it could loosen restrictions on restarting workplaces and schools.
Immunocompromised people may be instructed by their doctors to continue masking even if they are fully vaccinated.
However, the CDC no longer advises fully vaccinated people to wear masks in crowded places.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky revealed during a Friday White House press briefing that “anyone who is fully vaccinated can take part in activities indoors or outdoors, large or small, without physical distancing.”
‘Once you are fully vaccinated, you can resume doing the things you had put on hold due to the pandemic.’
We’ve all been waiting for this moment to return to some semblance of normalcy.’
This is a crucial and exciting time in history.’
The CDC’s announcement comes as the agency and the Biden administration have been under pressure to loosen restrictions on fully vaccinated people – those who have had their last required covid -19 vaccine dose for at least two weeks – in order to emphasise the benefits of getting the shot.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi forced to remove her mask in public for the first time in months on Thursday during her weekly Capitol Hill press conference, in what appeared to be a foreshadowing moment.
When she arrived at the podium, she removed her face mask and cited new House rules requiring all members to wear masks on the floor unless they are speaking.