The Centers for Disease Control today offered new guidance about face masks — saying people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer have to wear them — unless required to do so by government regulations.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Tweeted that he plans to change the state’s regulations to match the new CDC guidance.

The CDC says fully vaccinated people also can stop maintaining physical distancing from others and that they no longer need to get tested before or after travel within the United States or self-quarantine after travel. But, the agency says, rules requiring mask wearing on public transportation still apply.

Pritzker says, “The scientists’ message is clear — if you are vaccinated, you can safely do much more.”

The CDC says people who are not vaccinated should continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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