This includes outdoors and many enclosed spaces such as restaurants, although local or business regulations must be followed. Americans will still need to wear a mask when traveling, including by bus, subway and plane, and at airports. The guidelines on face shields differ by country.
Recommendations for the mask
Some experts note that the CDC is relaxing its recommendations too soon. Part of the concern is that there is no way to know who is vaccinated, so those who are not vaccinated could claim to have received it, said David Holtgrave, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Albany. This could cause a spike in infections.
“A fundamental mistake in public health is to relax infectious disease control measures just before crossing the finish line,” he added. Immunized people may also prefer to continue using the mask. Although the odds are low, it is possible that they will contract the coronavirus, but their symptoms are likely to be mild or nonexistent.
For this reason, the CDC guidelines point out that those immunized should wear a mask again and undergo a COVID-19 test if they develop symptoms. There are other exceptions. Masks will still be necessary in some places like hospitals and nursing homes. And if you have a weaker immune system from a disease or medication, the agency suggests consulting with doctors before stopping use, as vaccines often don’t work as well in immunosuppressed people.
A person is considered fully immunized two weeks after receiving the second dose of the vaccine. If you don’t already have it, the CDC recommends the mask in most places outside your home. This includes enclosed public spaces, crowded outdoor events such as concerts, and smaller outdoor gatherings where other people are not vaccinated.
When outdoors alone or with partners, the CDC says that the unvaccinated will not have to wear a mask. Since children under 12 years of age cannot yet receive the COVID-19 vaccine, they should continue to wear a mask outside the home and in most public spaces, like other non-immunized people.