CDC: Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear face masks, indoors or out

ATLANTA, Ga. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said that those who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can now do away with face masks, even if they will be around others who are not vaccinated.

The new guidance applies to both indoor and outdoor activities.

Gov. Andy Beshear said will immediately begin following the CDC’s recommendation. He plans a briefing at 10:30 a.m., Friday, to talk more about the news.

The new guidance is the CDC’s strongest step yet toward returning Americans to the way of life considered normal before COVID-19. However, masks are still required if mandated by federal, state or local law.

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose of one of the coronavirus vaccines.