In this September file photo, people walk the Main Street sidewalk during Garlic Town festivities in downtown Bennington. The state revised its guidance on outdoor mask wearing on Friday.

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Vermont will relax its guidance on mask-wearing outside on Saturday while also moving to the second phase of reopening, with larger gatherings allowed and most businesses being under universal guidance that includes mask-wearing, physical distancing, and staying home when sick, Gov. Phil Scott said Friday.

Starting Saturday, vaccinated and unvaccinated Vermonters will no longer be required to wear masks outdoors if they are able to physically distance themselves, following updated guidance this week from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Scott said.

"The science and data show that outdoor transmission is rare, imposes little risk if you follow our guidance," Scott said during his bi-weekly virus briefing. Municipalities and businesses can have stricter policies if they want, he said.

Over 60 percent of Vermont adults are vaccinated, meeting the state's goal to move to the second phase of reopening, Scott said.


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