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CDC Says Vaccinated Americans Can Go Outside Without a Mask
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CDC Says Vaccinated Americans Can Go Outside Without a Mask

The CDC just relaxed its mandates on mask wearing outside! But only for some Americans.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its guidelines on Tuesday on the stipulation for people to wear masks while outdoors — enabling fully-vaccinated people in the U.S. to venture outdoors without donning a mask, according to an initial AP News report.

In addition, those who are still unvaccinated may also go outside without wearing masks — although this is conditional, it marks the beginning of the end for precautionary COVID-19 mandates that people in the U.S. have been living with for more than a year.

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This latest guidance comes as a carefully calibrated step on the path back to normal living since the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. and subsequently killed more than 570,000 people. For most of 2020 and 2021, the CDC has encouraged people in the U.S. to wear masks outdoors if they're closer than 6 ft (2 m) to other people.