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CDC: Many Americans can now go outside without a mask

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Another step in moving forward. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines on Tuesday.

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers and those who are unvaccinated can now go outside without masks.

The CDC guidelines say that whether they are fully vaccinated or not, people do not have to wear masks outdoors when they walk, bike or run alone or with members of their household. They can also go maskless in small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated people. But unvaccinated people should wear masks at small outdoor gatherings that include other unvaccinated people including at restaurants.

As for everyone, the CDC says they should still keep wearing masks in large crowds such as concerts or sporting events.

The new guidelines comes as more than half of U.S. adults — or about 140 million people — have received at least one dose of vaccine, and more than a third have been fully vaccinated.