Miami Valley reacts to updated CDC guidelines on outdoor masking


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated information on wearing masks while outside.

The agency says people who are fully vaccinated don’t need to wear masks outdoors, unless in a crowded area or event. While these guidelines remain a little stricter for unvaccinated people, some feel we’re moving in the right direction.

“I think even the people who’ve been hard core mask wearers, we still recognize it’s not the most fun thing. It’s not comfortable, and it’s not the way humans are used to interacting. So, I was excited about that,” said Amanda Weinstein.

Weinstein is vaccinated herself, but says it’s going to take some adjusting to get used to the new guidelines.

“Something in your head still goes ‘Oh, don’t do that!’ I think it’s gonna be weird and exciting. It’s gonna be like we’re all weird middle schoolers again,” said Weinstein.

Some medical professionals are also excited about this step forward in the fight against COVID-19.

“We are not abandoning masks in all our outdoor activities. We are really starting to peel back some of those levels of protection, particularly for those individuals who’ve been fully vaccinated,” said Dr. Roberto Colon, chief medical officer at Miami Valley Hospital.

Now that restrictions have been loosened, the restaurant industry is ready for outdoor dining and to see customers smiling faces.

“Obviously everyone’s ready to take the masks off outdoors, but we also do have to be safe and respect people who maybe don’t feel it’s ready as well,” said Brian Johnson, co-owner of Yellow Cab Tavern.

The CDC guidance also says that whether vaccinated or not, people do not have to wear masks outdoors when they walk, bike or run alone or with members of their household. They also can go maskless in small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated people.

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