The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance for people fully immunized against COVID-19 says that they no longer need to wear face masks while indoors or outdoors, except for certain circumstances, which has caused some confusion about when to bring one along.
The country’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that fully immunized people do not need a face mask outside unless people were going into an utterly crowded condition where they are essentially falling all over each other. And the CDC now states that attending a crowded outdoor occasion like a parade, live performance, or sports events without a face mask is safe for this population. However, masks are still required at many open-air baseball stadiums.
As such, many have been confused as to whether they could enter without a face mask. The stadium mask requirement, and several restaurant and businesses’ mandates, are also addressed by the national public health agency.
Fauci said on CBS ‘This Morning’ that if people were immunized, they do not have to wear a face mask outside. It would be a very unusual state if people were going into completely crowded places where people are truly falling all over each other. Then they wear a face mask. But any other time, if people are immunized and are outside, put aside their mask; they don’t have to wear it.
Fully inoculated people could resume activities without wearing a face mask or socially distancing
The U.S. CDC states on its website that fully inoculated people could resume activities without wearing a face mask or physically distancing (staying 6 feet apart), except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including following guidance at workplace and businesses.
Aside from these instances, there are several indoor circumstances in which the agency advises fully immunized people to wear a face mask. Those people who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the body’s immune system may not be fully protected by the COVID vaccine and should talk to a healthcare provider about taking precautions.
Other fully immunized people are still required to wear a face mask on airplanes, trains, buses, and other public transportation forms and while in transportation hubs. Face masks should also be used while in prisons, healthcare settings, and homeless shelters.
The U.S. CDC also recommends that schools continue to use the coronavirus prevention strategies outlined by the health agency for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, including universal face mask use.
The updated mask policies primarily rely on the honor system, with major retailers such as Trader Joe’s and Costco recently removing face mask mandates for consumers but stating that they wouldn’t require proof of vaccination status. Customers, however, may still be required to wear a face mask under local rules and regulations.
American President Biden said of the honor system approach that they’re not going to go out and arrest people. If they have not been immunized, wear your face mask for their protection and the protection of the people who haven’t been immunized.