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CDC: vaccinated people can take off their masks at open public transport stations


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that people who have been fully vaccinated against the Corona virus and who use public transportation no longer need to wear masks in places such as outdoor waiting areas or outdoor seating.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it plans to update its face mask wearing instructions to reflect the change and better align with its guidelines for fully vaccinated people.


The CDC said it would "exercise its executive discretion not to require masks in outdoor areas of transportation hubs, such as bus or train stations, or areas open to ferries, wagons, or buses."


Public transportation includes "airplanes, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-sharing, marine transportation, wagons and cable cars."


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said: “While those who are fully vaccinated may resume many activities without wearing a mask, the travel environment presents a unique set of conditions based on the number and close interaction of travelers (whether or not they are vaccinated) ".


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that people who have not yet been vaccinated should continue to wear masks in these areas.


The CDC stressed that vaccinated and unvaccinated people should continue to wear masks indoors on public transportation, except under certain conditions, such as eating, drinking or taking medication.



Dr. Vivek Murthy, US General Surgeon General issued a warning to those who were not vaccinated and said, "For those who have not been vaccinated, they are at increased risk as more and more variants develop," citing specifically B.1.617.2, or a variant Delta, which was first identified in India.


“The news about the delta variant is evidence of why vaccination is so important to us as quickly as possible,” he said, adding that the delta variant is more transmissible and potentially more dangerous.

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