Health officials in the United States recommended that restrictions on wearing a mask be relaxed and that people who have received two doses of the vaccine be allowed not to wear them in most indoor and outdoor places. President Joe Biden described the move as “a great day.”
President Biden removed the face mask in the Oval Office in the presence of Republican lawmakers after the new guidelines were announced.
The Biden administration faced pressure to relax restrictions on those who received the vaccine completely.
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris participated in an event in the White House lawn without wearing a face mask, in line with the new guidelines.
Biden urged those who had not been vaccinated to wear the mask, saying, “We will not go out and arrest people.”
“The rule is now simple. Take the vaccine or wear a mask until you do. The choice is yours,” he advised, tweeting on his Twitter account. The US president has no authority to order Americans to receive vaccinations or to wear a face mask.
The number of Coronavirus cases in the United States decreased to the lowest level since last September, with the lowest number of deaths recorded since April.
People immunized with the vaccine can stop applying social distancing, according to the Centers for Disease Intervention and Control (CDC) in the United States.
The latest guidelines come at a time of slow progress in vaccination rates, after 35 percent of Americans have been fully vaccinated.
Experts said this change could herald a “return to normal life.” They hope this will encourage more people to get vaccinated.
In another sign of the epidemic’s receding, the president of the American Teachers’ Union called for the complete reopening of schools in the fall.
And this is after the approval of children between the ages of 12 and 15 to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
The new guidelines do not apply in health-care facilities or in places such as prisons and homeless shelters. A face mask is still recommended on airplanes and on other public transport.
The NHS guidelines do not supersede local laws, and some companies may still require customers and employees to wear a face mask.
And the US health authorities had stated last April that it is possible to dispense with wearing masks during outdoor activities, but while keeping them in crowded places.
Walsky reminded people with immunodeficiency that they should continue to wear masks in the open air.
This plan worries some Americans, with less than half the population getting the vaccine without a way to make sure people have received the doses or not.
President Joe Biden has set a date of July 4 for the completion of the vaccination of 70 percent of Americans with at least one dose. According to recent estimates, the campaign has so far delivered around 250 million doses.