If you’re one of those people who’ve been up in arms about wearing a mask, there’s a pretty easy path out of this situation for you: get vaccinated against COVID-19. New guidance from the CDC (via Ars Technica) now states that vaccinated people can pretty much stop wearing a mask at this point, and that includes in most indoor locations.
According to Ars, there will still be some exceptions: the site notes that “hospitals, airplanes, and other forms of public transport” may still keep the mask rule in effect. However, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said that “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities — large or small — without wearing a mask or physical distancing.” So if the place you’re going isn’t one of the few still abiding by some kind of mask mandate, you should be all clear.
Now go get the shot (if you haven’t already).