Boise ends outdoor mask requirement following new CDC guidelines | Local News

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BOISE — The city of Boise will no longer require face masks be worn outdoors. 

“I’m thrilled that we will again see each other’s smiling faces in our neighborhoods, as we walk to businesses, and in our outdoor areas,” McLean said in a news release. “I’m grateful to the health care professionals helping us make science based decisions, and proud of the progress Boiseans are making together. We’re nearing the end of this, as more and more people get vaccinated.”  

The CDC’s new guidelines say fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers, and those who are unvaccinated can go outside without masks in some situations, too, the Associated Press reported. For most of the past year, the CDC had been advising Americans to wear masks outdoors if they are within 6 feet of one another.

Boise’s new health order was made in consultation with public health experts and in response to new CDC guidance, a city news release said.

Face masks are still required at indoor public spaces, and face masks as well as physical distancing are recommended (but not required) when gathering or interacting with people outside your household, according to Boise’s updated health order.

The new health order is effective at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

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