Last week, the CDC lifted mask guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated. With that, the percentage of Americans’ who are “very concerned” about being in public spaces decreased to the lowest level ever (12%) since the beginning of the pandemic. Right now, 44% of U.S. adults are not at all concerned. 

The data show many people are confused about restrictions and guidelines given the recent CDC announcement. An increasing percentage of people are unsure about how long social distancing will need to last. At the same time, however, fewer people expect it to last four or more months. 

Comfort Returning to Activities Increases 

As more and more people become vaccinated, comfort doing various activities are reaching record highs. Nearly 8 in 10 adults are now comfortable shopping in stores, which is the highest number observed since the pandemic began in the U.S. 

Similarly, comfort traveling has reached an all-time high amid the pandemic: 54% of adults are comfortable traveling or taking a vacation right now.

Comfort attending major public events has also spiked to its highest pandemic level; nearly half of adults say they’d be comfortable attending a concert, festival, or sporting event right now. 

However, younger adults are overwhelmingly the most likely to say they’d be comfortable going to a major event now. 

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