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Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely do many outdoor activities without wearing a mask, according to updated guidance Tuesday from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, health officials said vaccinated people should continue to wear a mask at crowded outdoor events, such as concerts, parades and sports events.

“There are many situations where fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask, particularly if they are outdoors,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky during a press briefing. “If you are fully vaccinated and want to attend a small outdoor gathering with people who are vaccinated and unvaccinated or dine at an outdoor restaurant with friends form multiple households, the science shows — if you’re vaccinated — you can do so safely unmasked.”

The CDC released a graphic to help people make decisions about when to wear a mask both outdoors and indoors.

The updated guidelines come after the CDC in March eased some restrictions for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19, saying it was okay to gather indoors in small groups without wearing masks or social distancing. (You’re considered fully vaccinated two weeks after getting the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.)

As of mid-April, all adults in the US are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. In total, more than 230 million vaccines doses have been administered in the US, according data from John Hopkins University, with over 87 million people being fully vaccinated. 

More to come. 

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.



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