Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) permitted fully vaccinated individuals to exercise outdoors or with members of their household without a mask. Further, it stated that fully vaccinated people can hold small gatherings outdoors with others who are vaccinated, or with a mix of unvaccinated people, without face coverings.
The CDC did not define how big those gatherings can be. In addition, it mentioned that Americans should still wear masks in crowded outdoor spaces. As per the CDC guidelines, dining in outdoor restaurants with friends from multiple households is also acceptable. The agency yet recommends that fully vaccinated people wear a mask at outdoor spaces where the risk of Covid-19 is less clear. Thus, this includes sporting events, concerts, parades, and other crowded places.
The CDC in its guidance wrote, “In public spaces, the vaccination status of other people or whether they are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 is likely unknown.” Further, it states, “Therefore, fully vaccinated people should continue to follow guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a well-fitted mask, when indoors or in an outdoor setting or venue where masks are required.”
Few former health officials and infectious disease experts say that the mask is not mandatory for the outdoors, any longer. Also, the agency added, “CDC cannot provide the specific risk level for every activity in every community, so it is important to consider your own personal situation and the risk to you, your family, and your community before venturing out without a mask. ”
To clarify, according to data compiled by the CDC more than 140 million Americans, or 42.5 percent of the total population have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. However, about 95.8 million Americans or 28.9percent of the population are fully vaccinated. In a press briefing, the CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that she hopes the new guidance will encourage more Americans to get vaccinated.