When can we stop wearing masks?


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South of the border, Americans got a new directive from their president last week.

“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,” President Joe Biden said on April 27.

While it still recommends masks indoors, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says fully vaccinated Americans can ditch masks when dining outdoors with friends from multiple households and even while attending small outdoor gatherings with vaccinated and unvaccinated people. 

More than half of U.S. adults have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and about 40 per cent were fully vaccinated as of Monday, according to the CDC. 

With Canada’s vaccination campaign ramping up, especially this month with millions of doses set to arrive, people are wondering — when is it our turn to loosen up on masks?

“The discussion about masks is going to depend on the level of vaccinations,” said Doug Manuel, a senior scientist with The Ottawa Hospital who does modelling of local COVID-19 numbers.

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