The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said mask restrictions have been eased for people in the U.S. who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus (Covid-19). Fully vaccinated people can unmask themselves or with family members, while walking, jogging, or cycling outside, the CDC said.
People who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in the U.S. can unmask themselves outside or while walking, running, or cycling with family members, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House press conference.
Fully vaccinated people can stand unmasked while dining in an open-air restaurant with friends from multiple households, Walensky said, noting that fully vaccinated people can unmask themselves in small open-air meetings with fully vaccinated family members and friends, or in places where people who have been fully vaccinated and unvaccinated against Covid-19 are together.
In addition to continuing to avoid large-scale meetings, the CDC also recommends that fully vaccinated people should avoid medium-sized meetings, Walensky said, adding that the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people who choose to participate in a crowded outdoor event, such as live performances, parades or sporting events, wear masks.
Masks should still be worn in public outdoor environments and where necessary, Walensky said, adding that the CDC continues to recommend wearing masks in closed public spaces such as shopping malls, cinemas, or museums.
Dr. Walensky said fully vaccinated US residents living or working in a group environment such as a home or dormitory no longer need to stay away from others for 14 days if they are with someone who has covid-19. But even if they don’t show symptoms, they still need to be tested, he said.