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Vaccinated people can ditch masks and social distancing in most places, CDC says

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A woman receives her Covid-19 vaccination at a vaccination... A woman receives a vaccine in a Pennsylvania clinic. | Photo by Preston Ehrler/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

People who are fully vaccinated can shed their masks and gather indoors or outdoors without worrying about social distancing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today.

“If you were fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. We have all longed for this moment, when we can get back to some sense of normalcy,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said in a press conference today.

There are a few caveats. Vaccinated people who are immunocompromised should talk to their doctor before getting rid of their masks, Walensky said. Certain settings will still require a mask, including health care settings, public transit, and on planes or trains. And if someone...

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