Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he would update the state’s mask mandate in line with the CDC after they announced vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask in almost all indoor or outdoor settings.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidance Thursday, saying that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing except where required by federal or state regulations.
The CDC said that it is safe for fully vaccinated people to go without a mask indoors and outdoors, including doing things like attending a full-capacity worship service or an indoor exercise class.
The only exceptions include that fully vaccinated people should still wear a mask while on public transit like busses, trains and planes, and while in a hospital or healthcare setting.
“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said.
“If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic,” Walensky said.
Pritzker said on social media Thursday afternoon that he would be revising his executive orders to make them in line with the CDC’s new guidelines.
“The scientists’ message is clear: if you are vaccinated, you can safely do much more,” Pritzker said.
Illinois and the United States continue to see COVID-19 cases and deaths drop as more people get vaccinated.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said that more than 62% of adults in the state have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Over 10.1 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state in total.