The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its guidance around fully vaccinated people and face masks Thursday.
People who are fully vaccinated are now being advised that they can safely drop their masks in any outdoor setting and most indoor settings, unless they are in a crowded or high-risk space such as a bus, plane or hospital.
But for Californians, state and local rules still say that regardless of your vaccination status, you need to wear a mask in public indoor spaces.
Across the border in Nevada, Arizona and Oregon it is a different story, as those states and many others immediately adopted the CDC’s new recommendation.
Most experts believe there is little risk that the looser rules will lead to more outbreaks, unless a variant develops that it more resistant to the vaccine.