The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that fully vaccinated Americans do not need to wear a mask when they are outdoors.
Those who have received all required jabs can ditch their face coverings if alone or in small groups of vaccinated people, the new guidelines say.
But the CDC left in place its guidance to don a mask indoors and in crowded settings or venues.
Over 95 million Americans have been fully vaccinated thus far.
Following the CDC announcement on Tuesday, President Joe Biden celebrated the new guidance as “extraordinary progress.
“Our scientists are convinced by the data that the odds of getting or giving the virus to others is very, very low,” Mr Biden said. “The bottom line is clear: if you’re vaccinated you can do more.”