Have you been waiting for the government’s permission to return to normal? Have you been vaccinated? Well, this story is for you!
It was announced this morning that the CDC was going to update their guidelines and recommendations regarding the wearing of masks.
UPDATE: If you are fully vaccinated against #COVID19, you can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, incl. local business and workplace guidance. More: https://t.co/FJMon7WlFO
— CDC (@CDCgov) May 13, 2021
Big news from the CDC: If you’re fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask – indoors or outdoors, in most settings.
We’ve gotten this far. Whether you choose to get vaccinated or wear a mask, please protect yourself until we get to the finish line. pic.twitter.com/XI4yPmhWaD
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 13, 2021
Effective immediately, the CDC has updated their “recommendations” to say that vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear masks or socially distance in most circumstances. In typical CDC fashion, their orders are in many ways self-contradictory, as apparently they believe your vaccination doesn’t have an effect on transportation like planes and trains and that you still have to wear a mask in those conditions.
BREAKING: CDC Director Walensky on updated guidance for fully vaccinated people:
"Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing."
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 13, 2021
The guidelines do not overrule state or municipal mask mandates, so now’s your chance to accuse all of those elected officials of being “anti-science” and for them “ignoring CDC guidelines.”
The CDC has been slowly rolling back limitations for those that had been vaccinated, however, they’ve held to the mask recommendation for several months. Even though the science behind the vaccine and the initial estimates of effectiveness hasn’t changed, it is now suddenly and miraculously effective enough to recommend lifting the restriction. The vaccines have been showing a well-over 90% effective rate until now.
The CDC stuck to their mask-mandate recommendations despite their own research showing the mandates had a less than 2% effective rate. Though a welcomed change, the recommendations up until this point have certainly been overkill.
Many have been mocking this change on Twitter, joking about how we shouldn’t have been waiting for the Government’s permission to do anything.
Bless your heart if you were waiting for CDC to give you this permission. https://t.co/104ObwbH86
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) May 13, 2021
Huge news. The CDC says we're allowed to participate in outdoor AND indoor activities without a mask if we're fully vaccinated. I am so grateful to be given permission to do the thing that I've been doing all along! Thank you, government!
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) May 13, 2021
You don’t need the CDC’s permission not to wear a mask. Live your life in your free country! And if you’re scared…stay home!
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) May 13, 2021
Public service announcement: You don’t need the CDC’s permission to live your life the way you choose to live it. 🇺🇸
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 13, 2021
CDC announces if you are fully vaccinated you may continue to do what you've been doing for the past 6-8 weeks.
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) May 13, 2021
At the very least, we can celebrate this as a small victory on the road to recovery. Of course, this will send some of the mask-holes into a cold-sweat panic, and I am sure there will be plenty of that to share later.