CDC Says Vaccinated People Don't Have to Wear Masks Outside

Headline Roundup April 27th, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidelines on Tuesday regarding mask-wearing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The new "interim public health recommendations" say vaccinated people don't have to wear a mask outside unless in a crowded group of people; the CDC says vaccinated people should still avoid indoor large-sized in-person gatherings. Twenty-nine percent of Americans had been fully vaccinated as of Monday morning.

News outlets on all sides covered the new guidelines prominently Tuesday; there were few notable differences in coverage.

From the Right

Vaccinated Americans can now breathe a big, deep sigh of relief.

People who have had all their COVID-19 shots can go outside without wearing a mask unless they’re in large gatherings, the CDC said in updated guidance Tuesday.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said after the announcement that the state will immediately adopt the agency’s guidance, calling it “liberating.”

Those who have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna immunizations — or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine — can be outdoors without a face-covering when walking, running or...

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From the Center

Fully vaccinated people can venture outdoors without masks, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Tuesday.

The big picture: The guidelines come as more than nearly 29% of people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated and more than 42% have received at least one dose.

15 governors so far have let their state orders requiring people to wear face coverings in public expire, according to U.S. News. Many cities and local jurisdictions have also begun to increase capacity at restaurants and businesses.

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From the Left

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unveiled updated guidelines on Tuesday detailing activities that vaccinated people can safely resume, including attending small outdoor gatherings without the need to wear a mask.

The new "interim public health recommendations" detail a variety of situations in which individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can forgo wearing a mask, but urged the continued use of face coverings in most indoor settings and in crowded outdoor areas.

"Today is another day we can take a step back to the normalcy of...

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