No face masks indoors or outdoors.
A step closer to normalcy for Americans, at least for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or physically distance, whether it be indoors or outdoors in most circumstances.
"Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing. If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic."
The new guidance comes after a sharp reduction in cases in the U.S., the expansion of vaccines to younger people, and vaccine efficacy against variants.
However,.. the CDC still recommends vaccinated people wear masks on planes and on trains, and at airports, mass transit hubs as well as at hospitals and doctor's offices.
White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci backed the CDC's decision, saying fully vaccinated people don't need to wear masks in public, unless they're in a crowd.
Speaking to CBS News, Fauci said the U.S. needs to make the transition to pre-pandemic life.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden celebrated the new guidelines touting his administration's vaccination program for dramatically reducing the impact of COVID-19.
"Just a few hours ago, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, announced that they are no longer recommending that fully vaccinated people need wear masks. This recommendation holds true whether you are inside or outside. I think it's a great milestone, a great day. It's been made possible by the extraordinary success we've had in vaccinating so many Americans so quickly."
Biden still warned that the country was not in the clear yet, urging more Americans to go get vaccinated.
He stressed again, that the CDC's new guidelines only apply to those who are fully vaccinated.
The updated guidelines come more than a year after Americans were told to start wearing masks.
New cases in the U.S. continue to decline, averaging 36,700 new cases a day over the past week, the lowest daily average since September 2020.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.