U.S. health regulators and President Joe Biden said Tuesday that people who receive a full two doses of the vaccine will be able to walk and walk safely without wearing a mask, but should continue to wear it in public places where they are required to do so, while also calling on those who have not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated quickly.
More than half of U.S. adults have completed at least their first dose of vaccination, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Reuters reported.
Biden said the new health recommendations are the result of measures taken by the United States to combat the outbreak.
“We’ve made amazing progress because of our cooperation,” Biden said, adding that the number of new cases has “dropped dramatically.” As vaccinations have increased, the number of elderly people dying has fallen by 80 per cent.
“If you’ve completed your vaccinations, you can do more outdoors and indoors in a safer way,” Biden said, adding that masks should still be worn during crowded events and stadium events.
Experts believe that wearing a mask is one of the most effective ways to control the spread of the virus. With most of the spread of the virus occurring indoors and vaccinations increasing, the public has been debating for weeks whether masks are needed outdoors in the United States.
The U.S. Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called the new guidelines a “first step” in helping fully vaccinated Americans resume activities halted by the outbreak.