CDC Issues Updated COVID-19 Outdoor Masking Guidance

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated COVID-19 guidance, relaxing rules on the use of face coverings in certain settings among certain populations. Under the revised guidance, individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear a face covering outdoors while walking, running, hiking, or biking alone, or when in small gatherings, including with members of their own households. The CDC advises that face coverings are still necessary in crowded outdoor settings, such as stadiums.

Following the release of the revised guidance, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statement indicating California will be moving to align its guidance with the CDC’s revised guidance. The Governor additionally pointed to California’s COVID-19 vaccination progress, as well as the state’s lowest positivity rate in the country. CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón also issued a statement indicating the state supports CDC’s updated masking guidance.

Additional information from the CDC is available here.