CDC says fully vaccinated people can ditch masks while outside


SPOKANE, Wash. — If you’re fully vaccinated, the CDC now says you can ditch that face mask when you’re outside.

The CDC announced that change today, saying it marks a key step in getting back to normal, but the recommendation comes with some conditions.

Well we already knew COVID-19 rarely spreads outside, and that gave the CDC the confidence to make this change today.

So, you can see here, if you’re vaccinated you can do just about anything outside without a mask, but if you’re in a large crowd it’s still recommended to wear one. This may seem like a small step forward, but the Biden administration says this is just the beginning.

The U.S. has its eyes on ending this pandemic and the possibility of a somewhat normal summer. That only happens if the majority of people get their COVID shots.

“The bottom line is clear, if you’re vaccinated you can do more things more safely, both outdoors as well as indoors,” President Joe Biden said.

The CDC now says it’s safe for vaccinated Americans to lose the face mask when hanging out with friends and family outdoors, even if those people aren’t all vaccinated. You can also safely eat at a restaurant outside without the mask with people from multiple different households.

“Generally for vaccinated people, outdoor activities without a mask are safe,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

The lone exception in this new CDC guidance is being in a large crowd like a sporting event or concert, that’s where you should keep the mask on.

That’s despite the fact that we know COVID-19 rarely spreads outside. In fact less than 10 percent of transmission happens there, but the CDC says once more Americans get their shot, then this guidance can loosen even more.

In the meantime, there continue to be more perks from being vaccinated.

“We know that masked fully vaccinated people can safely attend worship services inside, go to an indoor restaurant or bar and even participate in an indoor exercise class,” said Walensky.

President Biden is urging everyone to get their shot to meet his goal for the country of getting back to normal by the Fourth of July.

“That’s our target date to get life in America closer to normal we’ll begin to celebrate our independence from the virus together with our friends and our loved ones,” Biden said.

There are still plenty of vaccine appointments available all across Spokane county, so, if you need help finding one just head to

Live in studio tonight, I’m Maher Kawash 4 News Now.