U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks outside.
Vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear face masks when walking, hiking, biking, running alone, dining at a restaurant outside, or at small outdoor gatherings. However, masks should still be worn in public settings indoors and outdoors where there is a substantial risk of Covid-19 transmission, such as concerts, sporting events and other crowded gatherings like at theme parks.
Masks are also still required on all forms of public transportation like planes and in airports, regardless of someone’s vaccination status.
These updated guidelines are the next step in moving back towards the normalcy of before the virus. “Until more people are vaccinated, and while [we] still have more than 50,000 cases a day, mask use indoors will provide extra protection,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said. “The more people who are vaccinated, the more steps we can take toward spending time with people we love doing the things we love to enjoy.”
Theme parks like Walt Disney World will continue to have their own health and safety rules in place regardless of changes the CDC makes. For now, face masks are required while you are inside and outside at Disney World.