You can feel the sunshine on your whole face this summer if you are vaccinated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week new mask guidance for those who are fully vaccinated includes no longer needing to wear a mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues, the recommendations state.
According to the CDC, if you are fully vaccinated:
- You can gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and venues.
- You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart.
- You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people of any age from one other household (such as if you are visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks or staying 6 feet apart, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
Here is a CDC graphic that explains the risk in certain activities.
The CDC says even if you are vaccinated you should still protect yourself and others in many situations by wearing a mask especially in indoor settings and when gathering with unvaccinated people.
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