The CDC announced today that most Americans can be safely unmasked indoors. The CDC published a tool to see if you’re in a county with high COVID transmission, where they still recommend masking. 28% of the US population lives in the counties currently considered to have high transmission.
Of course in most of the country, there haven’t been mask mandates for quite some time already. But this will make a difference for students as the CDC is dropping the universal mandate for masks in schools.
The CDC dropped indoor mask guidance last May for fully vaccinated individuals, before adding it back in July due to the Delta variant.
Of course the real question is whether the transportation mask mandate will be extended for a 3rd time. That mandate is currently slated to expire on March 18th.