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Ingham County's top health official supports new CDC guidelines


Ingham County’s top health official supports new CDC guidelines that give fully vaccinated people more leeway to safely attend outdoor activities without a mask.

The Centers for Disease Control now says fully vaccinated Americans don’t need face coverings outdoors unless they’re in big crowds of strangers. Until now, the recommendation had been to wear a mask outdoors when within six feet of others.

Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail says she approves of the new guidelines, though considering Michigan’s recent surge in COVID-19 cases, people here should continue to be cautious.

“It shows people that getting vaccinated is safe, does work, and does get us to the end of these restrictions,” said Vail.

Vail says the new outdoor mask guidance does not affect other safety mandates currently imposed by the state of Michigan.