Masks and social distancing are no longer required outdoors and most indoor settings.
With the accumulated data demonstrating COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective at preventing infection with SARS-CoV-2 and symptomatic illness, this new guidance is a step toward normal.
This doesn’t apply to the public transit and transit hubs, healthcare settings or other crowded indoor spaces, where masks will still be implemented for all. Local and state regulations regarding masks still apply for all.
Fully vaccinated individuals, particularly those who are immunocompromised, may still choose to wear masks. Vaccines are extremely effective, but not 100% effective.
This change in guidance provides additional incentive to get vaccinated for individuals who are still trying to make that decision, particularly for individuals who may consider themselves lower risk for severe illness.
For those who are fully vaccinated:
It is understandable if you choose to continue to wear a mask, particularly indoors, coupling your vaccination with a mask is optional defense against possible illness, reduces the risk of breakthrough infection as well as opportunities for the virus to mutate.
Remember: you are not fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after your last dose!