The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors; nor must they stay 6 feet apart, in most cases. Federal officials pointed to growing evidence that shows both the safety and real-world effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. The new rules do not apply to public transport, airplanes or health care settings and businesses may still keep the requirement.
People are still advised to wait two weeks after their final vaccination before ditching the mask. Those who are considered immune-compromised are urged to talk with their doctor before easing up on mask-wearing.