UPDATE: President Biden is expected to announce new CDC guidance on wearing masks outdoors as early as tomorrow. Sources tell NBC News that final recommendations are still being put together. There will likely be guidance for fully vaccinated people versus those who are not. The President is expected to deliver remarks on the COVID-19 response tomorrow from the White House.
The White House says those who are vaccinated in the U.S. can expect new recommendations from the CDC in the near future. Since the virus mostly spreads indoors with very little outdoor transmission…you may soon be able to lose the mask when you leave the house.
Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of Brown University School of Public Health, says since so many people are vaccinated, it makes sense to lift some restrictions.
This comes as more than 200 million Americans have now been vaccinated ahead of President Biden’s goal of completing that task before the end of his first 100 days in office.
The CDC’s current outdoor mask policy is: “Masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with people who live in your household. However, some areas may have mask mandates while out in public, so please check the rules in your local area (such as in your city, county, or state). Additionally, check whether any federal mask mandates apply to where you will be going.”