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 indoors and 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."
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. The CDC on Tuesday released a graphic to help people make decisions about when to wear a mask both outdoors and indoors. For fully vaccinated people, the CDC says these outdoor activities are safe without a mask:
Walk, run or bike outdoors with members of your household
Attend a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated family and friends
Attend a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people
Dine at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households
Guidance for people who have not yet been vaccinated hasn't changed, said Walensky. They should continue to wear a mask and social distance indoors as well as outdoors around people outside of their household who haven't been vaccinated, according to the CDC.
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