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Federal Health Officials Declared Fully Vaccinated Americans Don’t Have to Wear Masks Indoors



WASHINGTON, DC  — Fully vaccinated Americans no longer have to wear masks or social distance in most situations, including indoors, according to guidance updated on Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


That could change after Thursday with new guidance from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.


Federal health officials declared that fully vaccinated people could go into most environments regardless of crowd size without a face-covering or without social distancing.


Those who received both shots of a two-dose vaccine or one shot of Johnson & Johnson can ditch their masks in several indoor and outdoor situations, including going to an indoor movie theater, eating in an indoor restaurant, participating in an exercise class, and visiting a hair salon. Vaccinated people must still use face coverings on airplanes and in airports, a rule that was extended into the fall last month.


“We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said Thursday in a White House COVID-19 briefing.


Walensky announced that fully vaccinated people can “shed their mask” two weeks after they get their second shot.

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