United States President Joe Biden announced last week that fully vaccinated Americans could once again walk in public without wearing their face masks, which has now been adopted by the city of San Francisco unless residents gather in large crowds.

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City officials said they were optimistic about the guidelines and hoped that residents will be motivated to get their vaccine shots.

The San Francisco acting health officer said fully vaccinated residents are not required to wear face masks outdoors or when passing other people. However, San Francisco authorities said they would still require people to wear face masks when they are in large gatherings of at least 300 people.

Officials did not reveal why they took more than a week to implement the new mask guidelines. However, with the new protocols, residents will now be able to go out in public without mask starting on Tuesday morning, ABC7 News reported.