CDC: Small groups of people can gather outside without masks


    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that people who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask at small outdoor gatherings with both vaccinated and unvaccinated people or when dining outdoors with people from multiple households. “Generally, for vaccinated people, outdoor activities without a mask are safe,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a media briefing on Tuesday. However, the public-health agency also said that even if someone is fully vaccinated, they should still wear a mask at crowded outdoor events or for any indoor activities, like going to hair salons, malls, museums, worship services, or indoor restaurants. The CDC considers people to be fully vaccinated two weeks after getting the Johnson & Johnson JNJ, -0.69% shot or two weeks after getting the second dose of the Moderna Inc. MRNA, +4.04% or Pfizer Inc. PFE, -0.78% vaccines.

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