Washington adopts CDC guidance, eliminating masks in most places for fully vaccinated people

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Health on Thursday adopted the latest mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, eliminating masks in most places for fully vaccinated people.

Fully vaccinated people are those who are two weeks past their last required COVID-19 vaccine dose.

The new guidance calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but helps clear the way for reopening workplaces, schools and other venues. It even removes the need for masks or social distancing for those who are fully vaccinated.

The guidance also states masks are no longer recommended for fully vaccinated people who are outdoors in crowds.

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The state adopted the new guidance shortly before announcing plans to fully reopen the state’s economy. By June 30, the state will return to full capacity for the vast majority of public spaces, like restaurants, movies, theaters and bowling alleys.

The full reopening could come sooner if Washington hits a 70 percent initiated vaccination rate. As of Thursday, 57 percent of eligible Washingtonians had already received their first dose.

Those looking to get vaccinated can learn more about finding an appointment here. 

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