The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Monday that adults who have been fully vaccinated may safely attend small indoor gatherings without the need for wearing a face mask.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky made the announcement at a White House briefing today but still recommends wearing a mask in public and avoiding travel and large gatherings.
The agency also recommends vaccinated people still wear masks around individuals who have not yet received the vaccine.
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis said the minimum age for residents to receive a COVID-19 shot will be lowered to 60 starting on March 15.
At a Monday afternoon press conference DeSantis said more than 2.6 million seniors in Florida have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and he believes the demand from people ages 60-64 will not be as great as for those over 65.
Publix supermarkets currently offers vaccines by appointment and the state hopes to expand the vaccination program to Walgreens and CVS locations.
3,312 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Florida on Monday along with 81 deaths.