CDC To Update Guidelines Allowing Vaccinated People to Go Maskless Indoors

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 13, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that fully vaccinated Americans may return to normal life without masks whether they are indoors or outdoors in the vast majority of settings.

Reportedly, the updated guidance will no longer state that fully vaccinated people need to wear masks in crowded outdoor spaces.

The CDC and the Biden administration faced pressure to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated people - people who are two weeks past their last required vaccine dose - in part to highlight the benefits of getting the shot. In April, the CDC said cruising can restart more quickly if ships have at least 98% of crew and 95% of passengers fully vaccinated. That's according to sources familiar with the recommendations. "If you are vaccinated, you don't have to wear a mask outside".

According to the CDC's website, masks may still be required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in USA transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Masks should also still be worn in transportation hubs, like airports.

Finally, she added, the guidance was subject to change if the situation gets worse.

When asked if Thursday's decision was made to incentivize Americans to get vaccinated, Walensky said the agency was simply following the science.

The infectious diseases expert continued, "Based on the continuing downward trajectory of cases, the scientific data on the performance of our vaccines, and our understanding of how the virus spreads, that moment has come for those who are fully vaccinated". Operators should "consider prohibiting" such activity for passengers and crew who are not fully vaccinated, the agency says.

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