On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced updated guidelines for fully vaccinated Americans, saying fully vaccinated people can take off their masks outside when engaging in recreational activities.
The CDC said people can take off their masks when walking or jogging outside, or when spending time with other fully vaccinated people. But people should still wear masks in crowds and large public settings, according to Axios.
But the CDC doesn’t want you ditching the mask in every scenario, or skipping all of the public health protocols. Here’s a breakdown of what the CDC wants fully vaccinated people to continue to do for now.
What fully vaccinated people should continue to do
- Wear a well-fitting mask in a public indoor setting.
- Wear well-fitting masks when indoors and around unvaccinated Americans who are at high risk for severe COVID-19.
- Wear masks when hanging out with unvaccinated people from multiple homes.
- Skip large indoor public gatherings.
- Get tested if you’re suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.
- Follow all health protocols and guidances from your employers.
- Follow the CDC and public health department recommendations.
What fully vaccinated people can do
Of course, the CDC also unveiled tips for what fully vaccinated people can change when it comes to dealing with COVID-19, including participating “in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues” and resuming “domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.”