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Biden says fully vaccinated people can go maskless outside – but not in crowds

Published on April 28, 2021 10:42 AM
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Biden says fully vaccinated people can go without masks outdoors President: ‘If you’re in a crowd you still need to wear a mask’

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WASHINGTON DC, Joe Biden has told fully vaccinated Americans they can go outdoors without a face mask, except in big crowds, as he attempts to steer a lockdown-weary nation back towards normality.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the president used the bully pulpit of the White House to assure the public science shows the risk of coronavirus infection is very low for vaccinated people in outdoor spaces.

"Starting today, if you're fully vaccinated and you're outdoors and not in a big crowd, you no longer need to wear a mask," said Biden, beside a tree and lawn, in the warm spring sunshine.

"I want to be absolutely clear. If you're in a crowd, like a stadium or at a conference or a concert, you still need to wear a mask, even if you're outside. But beginning today, gathering with a group of friends in a park, going for a picnic as long as you are vaccinated and outdoors, you can do it without a mask."

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