CDC Drops Most Mask Rules for the Fully Vaccinated

— Exception for crowded places indoors like buses, planes, hospitals, homeless shelters, and jails

CDC issued new guidance on Thursday allowing vaccinated people to drop their masks indoors, with some exceptions, and outdoors entirely, even in crowds.

“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH. “We have all longed for this moment.”

She said that “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.”

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