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CDC Eases Mask Guidance For Fully Vaccinated Individuals

AP source says CDC will make an announcement Thursday regarding indoor and outdoor masking.

Update 2:20 pm: During a White House press briefing, Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, announced that fully vaccinated people can participate in all indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask. However, she stated that if you begin to experience symptoms you should begin to wear a mask again and immediately get tested. She further went on to say that those who are not vaccinated should continue wearing a mask.

On Thursday, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to announce that they will ease their guidance on mask wearing for those who are fully vaccinated, according to a source who was briefed on the announcement.

The new guidance is expected to allow fully vaccinated people to safely stop wearing a mask inside of most places, like schools and place of work.

However, it is expected that the CDC will still recommend wearing a mask inside of crowded places like prisons, hotels and public transportation.

Additionally, it is expected that the announcement will include that fully vaccinated people will no longer need to wear masks outdoors, even in crowded areas.

Both the Biden Administration and the CDC have had pressure mounting on them to ease the restrictions on mask wearing, especially for those are fully vaccinated. This is in hopes that it will encourage people to go get vaccinated if they are hesitant about the shot.

The expected announcement comes 2 weeks after the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated people should continue to wear masks indoors and outdoors in bigger crowds.