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Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is more widely available to the general population and cases of the virus are on a nationwide decline, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its official guidelines and cleared fully vaccinated people to go maskless for the first time in a year.

While even fully vaccinated people are still advised to wear masks while indoors, the new guidelines open up possibilities that have previously been frowned-upon by the CDC. The CDC still recommends that people who are not yet fully vaccinated follow all precautionary guidelines. Here are the safest ways to continue to mask:

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