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CDC Revises its Public Health Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People

Tuesday, April 27, the CDC revised its public health guidance saying fully vaccinated people can exercise and attend small gatherings outdoors without wearing a face mask.

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated Americans can go mask-free most of the time outdoors.

People two weeks removed from their last vaccine can exercise alone or with other household members outside without a face covering. They can also meet outdoors with a small group of other fully vaccinated people, or a mixture of fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people, the agency added. The guidance did not say what counts as a small gathering.

“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 wrote in its guidance. “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,” the agency added.

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