On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a revision to its guidance on outdoor mask wearing, according to CNBC.
The agency stated that fully vaccinated individuals are able to safely gather outdoors and exercise without a mask. Furthermore, fully vaccinated individuals can meet indoors with other vaccinated individuals or a mix of unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals.
However, the CDC still recommends that fully vaccinated individuals wear a mask outdoors when the risk of COVID-19 is unknown, such as concerts, parades, and sporting events.
“In public spaces, the vaccination status of other people or whether they are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 is likely unknown,” the CDC said. “Therefore, fully vaccinated people should continue to follow guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a well-fitted mask, when indoors or in an outdoor setting or venue where masks are required.”
“CDC cannot provide the specific risk level for every activity in every community, so it is important to consider your own personal situation and the risk to you, your family, and your community before venturing out without a mask,” it added.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky hopes that this new guidance will encourage more vaccinations. “Today is another day we can take a step back to the normalcy of before,” she said. “If you are fully vaccinated, things are much safer for you than those who are not fully vaccinated.” The announcement comes ahead of Memorial Day and Fourth of July, large events typically taking place outdoors for Americans.