First Lady Jill Biden playfully said that she felt “naked” without wearing a face mask in West Virginia on Thursday, after The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased up on the mask mandate for fully vaccinated people in the United States both indoors and outdoors.
States still have the right to implement the mandate this new as they see fit.
Biden was greeted by Jennifer Garner (a West Virginia native) as soon as she stepped off the plane. Soon after, she visited a Charleston high school to promote vaccines for young people alongside Senator Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat who is an essential person as the Biden administration actively requires his support for jobs and programs.
Biden could be seen donned in a white dress with a pastel pink blazer on top, and per the Daily Mail, she sported a pink face mask to match as she departed Washington, D.C., earlier that day.
“We feel naked,’ the First Lady said to reporters. But after a pause, she added: “I didn’t mean it that way.”
She also joked she learned about the new rule during the flight - and after she had bought a mask that matched her outfit.
Biden also noted that she just learned of the CDC’s new mandate during her visit to West Virginia. She even brought a mask to match her clothes.
Dr Walensky, the Director of the CDC, announced the new guidance at a White House briefing, saying the change is due to the millions of people taking the vaccine and research on the latest developments of the vaccine’s progress.
“We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy,” Dr Walensky said in the briefing on Thursday. “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities large or small without wearing a mask or physically distancing,” she continues.
The CDC still requires people to wear a mask if they are in crowded or indoor settings like buses, planes, shelters, and hospitals to help citizens get back to the lives they lived before the pandemic.