CDC Says Vaccinated People Don’t Need to Wear Masks or Socially Distance at All

Local officials should end most pandemic restrictions immediately.

[Ed. Note: New day. New rules.]

by Robby Soave

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday that people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks or engage in social distancing while outdoors or indoors. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky explained that except in a few special circumstances, vaccinated people can resume normal life completely.

“We have all longed for this moment,” said Walensky during a media briefing.

The available data made it clear, Walensky said, that the vaccines are very effective at eliminating both illness and transmission of COVID-19, and that they have thus far tackled the variants with incredible success.

“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” she said. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things you stopped doing because of the pandemic.”

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