The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday anyone who is fully vaccinated is no longer required to wear masks indoors or outdoors and no longer need to maintain social distance, including in businesses and the workplace.
The announcement signals that those who have been fully vaccinated can resume life as normal.
“The science is clear: if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic,” CDC said.
According to CDC data, more than 35 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated.
The new guidelines do not apply to healthcare settings, correctional facilities, or homeless shelters. And the CDC said fully vaccinated people should still wear masks on airplanes, trains, and public transportation.
Those who are unvaccinated should still wear masks indoors and follow the most recent regulations at the state level. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear recently announced all events and businesses with 1,000 or fewer people present can increase to 75% capacity starting May 28 and small groups of individuals who have received the COVID-19 vaccine no longer have to wear face masks indoors.