PITTSBURGH (KDKA / AP) – U.S. health officials say fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks outdoors unless they are in a large crowd of strangers, and those who are not vaccinated may in some cases go outside without covering your face.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the updated guidelines on Tuesday in another carefully calibrated step towards normalcy following the coronavirus outbreak that killed over 570,000 people in the United States
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For most of last year, the CDC had advised Americans to wear masks outdoors when they are no more than three feet apart.
The change is because more than half of adults in the United States have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine and more than a third have been fully vaccinated.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has also updated its masking guidelines to align with the CDC.
Not many people were wearing masks by the Allegheny River on a fine Tuesday in Pittsburgh. It came in anticipation of the CDC and Biden administrations to relax these guidelines.
On the north coast, people say it’s time to loosen up.
“In public like today, just two friends just walking around doing a few things, nobody is around – my mask is in my car. I think it’s more or less a matter of respect for other people for me, ”said Ray Chobanian from Bellevue.
“It’s definitely going to be liberating and breathing – cardio and masks are very difficult,” said Baldwin’s Ann Painter.
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The relaxation will have no effect on Tuesday’s pirate game. People still have to wear masks, and the pirates say the guidelines haven’t changed.
The CDC, cautious in its crisis during the crisis, essentially advocated what many Americans have been doing in the past few weeks.
The CDC guidelines state that people, whether or not fully vaccinated, do not need to wear masks outdoors when walking, cycling, or running alone or with members of their household. You can also go maskless in small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated people.
From then on, the CDC has different guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated and those who are not.
Unvaccinated individuals – defined by the CDC as those who have not yet received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the unique Johnson & Johnson formula – should wear masks at outdoor gatherings that include other unvaccinated individuals wear. You should continue to use masks in outdoor restaurants.
Fully vaccinated people don’t have to cover up in such situations, says the CDC.
However, everyone should continue to wear masks during crowded outdoor events such as concerts or sporting events, according to the CDC.
The agency continues to recommend masks in indoor public places such as hair salons, restaurants, shopping malls, museums, and cinemas.
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