CDC loosens rules on masks for the vaccinated

People who have been fully vaccinated can now go maskless outdoors.

Have you been fully vaccinated against COVID-19? You can now ditch the mask when you go outdoors. That’s according to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For most of the past year, the CDC has advised people to wear a mask anytime they’re outdoors in a place where they’re likely to be within six feet of others. The CDC still recommends vaccinated people wear masks in indoor public spaces and outdoors when in a crowd.

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The loosening of restrictions is part of the federal health agency’s slow and careful move toward more normal daily life. So far, roughly a third of Americans have been fully inoculated against the coronavirus. In Michigan, the percentage is a little higher – 35.9%.

Mask wearing isn’t an across-the-board requirement – unvaccinated people can go maskless when outdoors alone or with members of their household. They also can forego the mask when hanging out outdoors with vaccinated people.

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