New CDC guidance: Vaccinated Americans don’t need masks outdoors

The Center Square contributor

(The Center Square) – New federal guidance around masks will have Americans breathing easier this summer.

President Joe Biden held a news conference on the North Lawn of the White House Tuesday on the heels of an announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that Americans who have been vaccinated no longer need to wear masks outside.

“Earlier today the CDC made an important announcement,” Biden told reporters. “Starting today, if you are fully vaccinated and outdoors, not in a big crowd, you can go without a mask. The bottom line is clear. If you’re vaccinated, you can do more things more safely, both outdoors as well as indoors.”

“Add to the list today’s reversal on whether pregnant women can get vaccinated, and the CDC has been nothing more than a Dumpster fire of misinformation,” said Rep. Nancy Mace, (R-S.C.), referring to mixed signals from top CDC officials in recent days on whether pregnant women should be vaccinated.

Natalie Johnson, Rep. Mace’s communications director, went on to criticize the CDC as a whole, saying “whatever credibility the CDC may have had has been squandered over the last year” and remarking that the agency “has lost the trust of Americans in such a short period of time.”

Despite Tuesday’s lessened restrictions, the CDC is still urging caution.

“We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19,” the CDC said. “After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions – like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces – in indoor public places until we know more.”


D.C. Bureau Reporter

Casey Harper is a Senior Reporter for the Washington, D.C. Bureau. He previously worked for The Daily Caller, The Hill, and Sinclair Broadcast Group. A graduate of Hillsdale College, Casey’s work has also appeared in Fox News, Fox Business, and USA Today.


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