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Normal is back! CDC says fully vaccinated can gather without masks

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Get ready for festival season: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is no longer recommending fully vaccinated individuals take certain COVID-19 precautions, such as wearing a mask and social distancing.


Their guidance does leave room for exceptions, such as when on a bus or a plane or in a hospital, prison or homeless shelter.

The decision comes after new data shows the effectiveness of vaccines against the virus and its variants; it also showed COVID is unlikely to be transmitted between vaccinated people.

Kids are the next in line to start getting the vaccine with Pfizer getting emergency use authorization for 12-15 year olds. This week, Austin ISD announced it wouldn't require students to wear masks during outdoor physical activities.

In Travis County, just over 47% of those 16 and older are fully vaccinated.

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Austin firefighters respond to 90 fires within four hours during July 4 celebration

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Austin-area first responders kept busy over the holiday weekend.

The Austin Fire Department responded to 90 brush, dumpster and grass fires between 8 p.m and midnight, saying that “presumably most were fireworks related.”

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Despite shaky start, good times prevail at Willie Nelson's long-awaited Fourth of July Picnic

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July picnic made a comeback at Austin FC's Q2 Stadium Monday night. (Q2 Stadium/Twitter)

Q2 Stadium swapped its Verde for red, white and blue as country music legend Willie Nelson returned for his first in-person Fourth of July Picnic since 2019 on Monday.

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