President Joe Biden is expected to announce new federal guidelines on Tuesday that say vaccinated people can go outside maskless.
Biden will deliver remarks about the state of the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday and is set to lift Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that say masks should be worn outside as an added precaution to limit transmission, CNN reported Monday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the administration’s top infectious diseases expert, said on Monday that the risk of infection outside is minimal and that “if you’re vaccinated and you’re outside, it’s even less.”
“What we’re going to be doing through the CDC is very soon clarifying the situation vis-a-vis masks in vaccinated versus unvaccinated people. So, stay tuned. That’s coming,” Fauci said.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, called on federal health officials to lift mask guidelines earlier on Monday, arguing that “easing these rules would move more activity outdoors, which reduces viral transmission.”
CDC masking guidelines still recommend that people should wear masks in “public settings and mass transportation, at events and gatherings, and anywhere you will be around other people.”
Meanwhile, the number of people that have been fully vaccinated has ticked up to more than 95 million, with about 54% of U.S. adults having received at least one dose of vaccine to date.