The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that citizens who have received the full coronavirus vaccine would no longer need to wear a facemask unless they are in crowds and that unvaccinated citizens may not need to wear a facemask in some cases.
This is reflected in the updated guidance published on Tuesday, which states that, whether fully vaccinated or not, it is not necessary to wear the mask outdoors when walking, cycling or running alone or with household members. Likewise, it states that one can be without a mask at small indoor gatherings with fully vaccinated people.
However, recommendations beyond that differ for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.
The unvaccinated (defined by the CDC as those who have not yet received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose from Janssen) should wear the mask at outdoor gatherings where there are other unvaccinated people, as well as inside restaurants.
In contrast, vaccinated people would not need to wear masks in those situations, according to the guidance.
However, facemasks are still recommended for everyone at large outdoor events, such as concerts or sporting events, and in indoor public places, such as shopping malls, bars, hairdressers, museums or movie theaters.
The center’s officials have stated that they are relaxing these recommendations as the risk of transmission is currently low, as they currently have plenty of information on how and where transmission occurs and because it could serve to motivate people to get vaccinated.
It should be noted, however, that the CDC issues recommendations and that the specific regulations depend on the different states; in many of them, masks are not currently mandatory.