RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The CDC made an announcement Thursday that many Americans have been waiting to hear.
It is easing mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.
“We have all longed for this moment — when we can get back to some sense of normalcy,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
President Joe Biden called it a “great day for America.”
Following the CDC’s announcement, Gov. Roy Cooper was asked about the state’s indoor mask mandate – something he said would be dropped if two-thirds of adults get at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot.
Cooper said at its current pace, the indoor mask mandate could remain in place into July.
“That’s the plan right now, we’re going to continue to examine the data and the science and consult with health care officials before making further decisions,” the governor said.
As of Thursday, 51 percent of adults in North Carolina have at least one dose, 45.5 percent are fully vaccinated.
In late April, Cooper said he planned to lift mandatory social distancing, capacity and mass gathering restrictions by June 1.
The CDC’s new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but it will help clear the way for reopening workplaces and schools.