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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: A restaurant employee moves between tables outside of a restaurant in Manhattan on December 11, 2020 in New York City. New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, has announced the close of indoor dining starting this Monday as hospitalization rates continue to increase in New York City. Currently there are over 4,800 COVID-19 patients are now hospitalized statewide, which is double the amount reported on November 18 and the highest number of hospitalizations since May 22. Restaurants in New York City, one of the most important business sectors, are already closing at alarming rates due to various health restrictions, a lack of tourism and the disappearance of business clients. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

U.S. health officials say fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear masks outdoors anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. And unvaccinated people can drop face coverings in some cases, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the updated guidance Tuesday. Previously the CDC had been advising that people should wear masks outdoors if they are within 6 feet of each other. The change comes as more than half of U.S. adults have gotten at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, and more than a third have been fully vaccinated.