CDC Nixes Masks Indoors In ‘Most’ Situations For Vaccinated People

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Anders Hagstrom White House Correspondent
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The CDC updated its guidance to allow vaccinated people to forgo masks even while indoors in most situations, the Biden administration announced Thursday.

The new guidance, first reported by the Associated Press, urges urge masking in crowded areas, but may speed the reopening of offices and schools. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had declined to comment on whether the CDC planned to update its guidance at a Thursday press briefing. The guidance also says it is safe for vaccinated people to go maskless in crowds outdoors.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that ending indoor mask mandates wholesale is “on the horizon.” The CDC first updated its mask guidance in April to allow vaccinated people to forgo masks outdoors in non-crowded areas. (RELATED: Fauci Says We’re In The Bottom Of The 6th Inning In The Fight Against Coronavirus)

“I think you’re going to probably be seeing that as we go along, and as more people get vaccinated,” Fauci said to ABC News This Week.

Fauci, however, has also predicted that mask-wearing may become a seasonal practice even long after the coronavirus pandemic has ended, pointing to the lower-than-usual

“We’ve had practically a non-existent flu season this year merely because people were doing the kinds of public health things that were directed predominantly against COVID-19,” Fauci told NBC News on Sunday.

“So it is conceivable that as we go on, a year or two or more from now, that during certain seasonal periods when you have respiratory-borne viruses like the flu, people might actually elect to wear masks to diminish the likelihood that you’ll spread these respiratory-borne diseases,” he added.