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A US pattern set is to reopen international tourism with out masks and distancing

According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection, people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume pre-pandemic activities without wearing a mask or maintaining a 6-foot distance.

  • The United States may have just started a global trend for everyone, including the reopening of the travel and tourism industries
  • Americans can resume their activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart unless required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidelines
  • If you are traveling in the US, you do not need to get tested before or after the trip, or you do not need to be quarantined after the trip

The United States is considered a global trendsetter on many fronts, including tourism. This may be the best news since Pendemic began, but it is also the best news for global travel and tourism.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) have relaxed their guidelines on masking against COVID-19, paving the way for society to fully reopen.

According to CDC’s announcement today, Americans who are fully vaccinated will be able to forego masks or physical distance in most cases, even when they are indoors or in large groups. Paving the way for a full reopening of society.

“When you are fully vaccinated, you can do the things you stopped doing because of the pandemic. We have all longed for that moment when we can return to a sense of normalcy, ”said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Thursday.

Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear face masks or adhere to outdoor or indoor social distancing as per updated guidelines.

There are some exceptions to the rule, however, as masks are still recommended for non-vaccinated individuals, in businesses that need them, as well as in hospitals and other facilities.

“This is an exciting and powerful moment that can only come because of the work of so many people making sure that three safe and effective vaccines are given quickly,” said Walensky.

Walensky added that Covid-19 was “unpredictable” and a further spike could in some cases force the CDC to re-update its guidelines to make them stricter.

“Last year has shown us that this virus can be unpredictable. Whenever things get worse, there is always the possibility that we will have to change these recommendations,” she said.

Even the White House health advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, surprised some with his suddenly more relaxed position.

Prior to the official announcement, Fauci said in an interview with CBS News that those who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks outdoors.

“When you get into a completely crowded situation where people are essentially falling on top of each other, wear a mask,” Fauci said.

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