The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday that mask wearing and social distancing are no longer necessary for vaccinated individuals congregating indoors.
"If you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.
CDC director says fully vaccinated people can participate in indoor or outdoor activities — large or small — sans mask or social distancing. "If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing."— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 13, 2021
WASHINGTON (AP) — AP Source: CDC to issue guidance Thursday allowing fully vaccinated people to ditch masks indoors in many instances.— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) May 13, 2021
U.S. CDC loosens mask-wearing guidance so that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks most places indoors pic.twitter.com/5zVLuBlDq1— Reuters (@Reuters) May 13, 2021
"Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without a mask."
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announces that fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks or physically distance, indoors or outdoors in almost all circumstances. pic.twitter.com/ZY3Pzr4FG0— The Recount (@therecount) May 13, 2021
CDC Director: "Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities -- large or small -- without wearing a mask or physically distancing."— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) May 13, 2021
Fully vaccinated individuals are still required to abide by local, state, and federal mask-wearing mandates.