The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay six feet away from others. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.

The CDC has updated the guidelines for wearing masks outdoors—if you're fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can attend small out gatherings and participate in some activites without a mask. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, get a vaccine as soon as you can:

What our experts are saying
CMC's Director of Infection Prevention, Ashley Conley, MS, CPH, CHEP, shares her knowledge about masks in these frequently asked questions: