CDC: Fully vaccinated people can now exercise and attend small gatherings outdoors WITHOUT MASKS

Fully vaccinated people are now allowed to exercise and attend small gatherings outdoors without face masks. 

  • The CDC announced that fully vaccinated people can now exercise and attend small gatherings outdoors without wearing face masks. 
  • Those two weeks removed from their last vaccine should still wear masks in outdoor places where the COVID-19 risk is unclear. 
  • President Joe Biden hopes more Americans will get vaccinated by Independence Day. 

On Tuesday, April 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that fully vaccinated people can now exercise outdoors without wearing masks. Those two weeks removed from their last COVID-19 vaccine can also attend small outdoor gatherings without masks on. However, the CDC did not define the extends of a small gathering.

As CNBC reports, dining at outdoor restaurants with people from different households is also, acceptable according to the recent CDC announcement.

Despite the loosening of the outdoor mask guidance, fully vaccinated people should still wear their masks at outdoor spaces where the risk of coronavirus is unclear. The guidance states:

“In indoor public spaces, the vaccination status of other people or whether they are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 is likely unknown. Therefore, fully vaccinated people should continue to wear a well-fitted mask, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands often, and following any applicable workplace or school guidance.”

According to former health officials, wearing a mask outside is no longer necessary as the number of vaccinated Americans grows. 

CDC data shows that about 42.5% of the total U.S. population had already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The data also states that 28.9%, or roughly 95.8 million Americans, are fully vaccinated.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky hopes the new guidance will encourage more people to get vaccinated. During the Tuesday briefing, she said:

“Today is another day we can take a step back to the normalcy of before. If you are fully vaccinated, things are much safer for you than those who are not fully vaccinated.”

As per Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner, public health officials should take a more relaxed stance on outdoor activities. Additionally, Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Toronto, insisted that few coronavirus infections happen outdoors. He said:

“It’s been over a year. We have a very good understanding of who gets infected and how they get infected. I think it’s fair to say you don’t need to wear a mask outside unless you can’t maintain 2 meters or 6 feet of social distancing.”

President Joe Biden wishes for more American citizens to get vaccinated by the Fourth of July.

Following the CDC announcement, President Biden said vaccinated people are now allowed to go to the park with their friends, without wearing masks.

However, he insisted that they should still be with masks on when in crowded outdoor settings. The President stated:

“I want to be clear: If you’re in a crowd like a stadium or at a concert, you still need to wear a mask, even if you’re outside.”

On Sunday, White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci also warned Americans to adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions. In an interview with ABC, Fauci said:

“What I believe you’re going to be hearing, what the country is going to be hearing soon, is updated guidelines from the CDC. The CDC is a science-based organization. They don’t want to make any guidelines unless they look at the data and the data backs it up.”

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