While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance on Thursday to state that people fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) can stop wearing masks in most situations, the agency emphasized that the change does not apply to commercial air travel.
"It's important to note that all guests two years of age and older who are not fully vaccinated must wear face coverings during their visit, except while eating or drinking", the statement said.
The earlier guideline for vaccinated people had said they no longer have to wear masks outdoors as long as they are away from big crowds.
'In New York, we have always relied on the facts and the science to guide us throughout the worst of this pandemic and in our successful reopening, ' Cuomo said.
That means masks still are required in NY state when a person can't maintain six feet of social distance - even outside and even if the person is vaccinated.
That means requirements for face masks in schools will still be decided on a state and local level.
Some store owners tell News 12 that they will wait to see what the governor decides when it comes to the mask mandate.
A survey released in April by the Birmingham Business Alliance showed that 51% of Birmingham-area businesses surveyed plan on continuing to require employees to wear face masks once the order is over, with 49% saying masks will be gone.
It was welcome news to many, with President Joe Biden saying that it was a "great day for America".
'Based on the continuing downward trajectory of cases, the scientific data on the performance of our vaccines and our understanding of how the virus spreads that moment has come for those who are fully vaccinated'. Individuals travelling within the U.S.do not need to be tested or self-quarantine.
'If things get worse, there is always a chance we may need to make a change to these recommendations, ' Walensky said.
"That's the reason I got the vaccine, I figured so I wouldn't have to wear a mask", Chapman said.
Vaccinated people will be required to wear masks in some settings, such as planes, trains and buses and inside airports, bus and train stations.
It's also worth noting the guidance isn't necessarily permanent.