For most of the past year, the CDC had been advising Americans to wear masks outdoors if they are within 6 feet of each other. Now:
- The CDC guidance says that 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 also can go maskless in small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated people.
- Unvaccinated people—defined by the CDC as those who have yet to receive both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson formula—should wear masks at outdoor gatherings that include other unvaccinated people. They also should keep using masks at outdoor restaurants.
- Fully vaccinated people do not need to cover up in those situations.
- However, everyone should keep wearing masks at crowded outdoor events such as concerts or sporting events, the CDC says.
- The agency continues to recommend masks at indoor public places, such as hair salons, restaurants, shopping centers, museums, and movie theaters.