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5 times you don't need to wear a mask if you’re fully vaccinated

A taste of freedom for the vaccinated: new guidelines about where and when you can ditch your mask.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new eased guidelines Tuesday about where and when fully vaccinated people can go without a face covering.

Here are five times you don’t need to wear a mask if you’re fully vaccinated:

  1.  At small outdoor gatherings of both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
  2. Gathering outdoors with a small group of vaccinated family and friends.
  3. Outdoor dining with people from multiple households for a little outdoor dining.
  4. Walking, running, hiking, or biking outdoors alone or with people from your household.
  5. Gathering indoors with a small group of people who are all fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

These guidelines are meant only for people who are fully vaccinated against the virus.

The CDC says you’re considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the one-shot Johnson & Johnson dose.

The CDC says if you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated so you need to keep taking all precautions to protect yourself from the virus.

Have a relative or friend in another state and want to know when they can get vaccinated? Visit NBC News' Plan Your Vaccine site to find out about each state's vaccine rollout plan.  

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