CDC's Updated Mask Guidance Allows Vaccinated People To Go Without One In Some Outdoor Situations

CBS4's Natalie Brand reports from the White House.

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PRESIDENT BIDEN: The bottom line is clear. If you're vaccinated, you can do more things more safely, both outdoors as well as indoors.

- All new at 5:00, another step forward in the road to reopening in the form of new mask guidance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says fully vaccinated Americans don't need to wear masks outdoors anymore, unless they're in a crowd of strangers. CBS 4's Natalie Brand has what you need to know on the new guidance from the White House.


NATALIE BRAND: President Biden did not put on his mask for a walk back to the White House after coming outside to discuss the new CDC guidance for fully vaccinated Americans.

PRESIDENT BIDEN: Starting today, if you're fully vaccinated and you're outdoors, you need-- and not a big crowd-- you no longer need to wear a mask.

NATALIE BRAND: According to the new recommendations, fully vaccinated people can now take off masks while exercising outdoors, attending small outdoor gatherings with people who are vaccinated and unvaccinated, and dining at outdoor restaurants with friends from multiple households.

PRESIDENT BIDEN: Go get the shot. It's never been easier.

NATALIE BRAND: The CDC is still recommending people wear masks when indoors or at an outdoor setting that requires masks, also at crowded outdoor events such as concerts and at small indoor gatherings where unvaccinated people are present.

DR. ROCHELLE WALENSKY: There's a almost a 20-fold increased risk of transmission in the indoor setting and the outdoor setting.

NATALIE BRAND: With this new guidance, the CDC compares the safety of resuming regular activities for fully vaccinated Americans versus unvaccinated, hoping it will convince more people to roll up their sleeves.

- Is the administration tracking unused doses?

JEN PSAKI: Certainly we are. Our COVID team is. We're doing everything possible to ensure doses are used.

NATALIE BRAND: According to the CDC the majority of states and territories have given more than 80% of their first doses. Seven states are behind, administering less than 70% of their first doses. Natalie Brand, CBS News, the White House.

- President Biden said he will lay out additional steps to continue the fight against the pandemic next week in order to get the US closer to normal by his July 4 target date. Look for much more on the new mask guidance tonight on the CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell. That's at 6:30 after CBS 4 News at 6:00.