SNL mocks Dr. Fauci and masks confusion after the CDC said fully vaccinated Americans don’t need masks

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Saturday Night Live took time to scoff at the CDC’s announcement earlier this week that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear face masks in certain situations.

During the show’s cold opening, Kate McKinnon resumed her role as America’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, as the comedy show explored a series of scenarios where people might still have to wear a face mask.

“It is your son, Fauci, the patron saint of Purell. As you’ve probably heard, we got some really good news this week. The CDC announced that vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks, outside or inside. Pretty good, right? Began McKinnon’s Fauci.

Kate McKinnon portrayed top infectious disease doctor Anthony Fauci on SNL on Saturday night

Kate McKinnon portrayed top infectious disease doctor Anthony Fauci on SNL on Saturday night

McKinnon played Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pictured above, during the coronavirus pandemic

McKinnon played Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pictured above, during the coronavirus pandemic

‘A lot of people had questions, such as: what does that mean? What the hell are you talking about? Is this a trap? ‘

The questions seem fair enough after Americans were given everything they needed to take off their masks following the CDC’s relaxing guidelines for fully vaccinated people.

While some say they are excited to finally drop the face covers for good, others admit that the newfound freedom may take some getting used to as it has become the ‘norm’.

In a pandemic milestone that President Joe Biden hailed as “a great day,” the CDC revealed Thursday that vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks outside in the crowd and in most indoor settings.

Despite being an important step towards a return to a pre-pandemic life, a handful of Democratic governors, including New York’s Andrew Cuomo, said they would ignore the CDC guidelines until they completely revised them.

Some major companies, including Starbucks and Home Depot, have already said they will maintain the mask policy for now. Others – such as CVS, Walgreens and Macy’s – are now reviewing their requirements in light of the new guidelines.

But companies that choose to lift the rule by ordering customers to wear masks can only do so in states that have also lifted the mandates, causing even more confusion among Americans.

The new CDC mask policy has created confusion as some governors are lifting their states' mask mandates while others are holding them in place

The new CDC mask policy has created confusion as some governors are lifting their states’ mask mandates while others are holding them in place

Governors in 12 states: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia, said they are reviewing the guidelines and will keep their faces in the meantime for mandates in situ.

In 13 other states, such as Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia, governors said they wear mask orders in accordance with the new CDC guidelines.

The remaining states had either already lifted mask orders or never had them in the beginning.

In the first scenario, Beck Bennett and Aidy Bryant investigated the case of a man walking into a bar.  Should he wear a mask?

In the first scenario, Beck Bennett and Aidy Bryant investigated the case of a man walking into a bar. Should he wear a mask?

The complexity of the rules meant that McKinnon’s Dr. Fauci paraded a string of CDC doctors played by the entire SNL cast, all showing “ correct masking behavior ” in different scenarios.

In the first scene, Beck Bennett and Aidy Bryant examined the scenario of a man walking into a bar.

“Do I still have to wear a mask indoors?” he asked.

“Not really,” she replied. Bennett removed his mask before Bryant added, “as long as you’re vaccinated.”

‘Well I go into a bar at eleven in the morning, did you really think I had a vaxx? Because that’s up to you, ”Bennett continued.

“You’re right, I deserve COVID,” Bryant agreed.

Dr. McKinnon’s Fauci stated that while it wasn’t the main message, “the real point is that we should trust each other.”

In the next scene, entitled ‘The Friendly Skies’, Bowen Yang played an airplane passenger while Ego Nwodim was his flight attendant.

Yang had glued his mask to his chin. When ordering a drink, Nwodim pointed out to keep his mask on when not drinking.

Yang said he had been detained indoors for over a year and asked her if she wanted to ‘pop’. “You know that, King,” was the reply.

In the next scene, entitled 'The Friendly Skies', a horny Bowen Yang played an airplane passenger while Ego Nwodim was his flight attendant

In the next scene, entitled ‘The Friendly Skies’, a horny Bowen Yang played an airplane passenger while Ego Nwodim was his flight attendant

A scene with Alex Moffat, left, and Cecily Strong spotted the two outside at a meeting that mocked the Capitol's protests in January

A scene with Alex Moffat, left, and Cecily Strong spotted the two outside at a meeting that mocked the Capitol’s protests in January

“The lesson should have been, you need masks on planes, not everyone is horny now,” added McKinnon’s Fauci.

The next scene with Alex Moffat and Cecily Strong saw the two at a ‘fairly large meeting’ without wearing a mask. Moffat asked if he should wear a face covering.

“We don’t have to, because we’re outside – the Capitol,” Strong said before pulling out a gun and Moffat in a MAGA hat in a nod to the Capitol’s protests in January. “Let’s get them now!” She said.

Fauci was stunned, even though their advice not to need a mask was correct.

Lauren Holt and Punkie Johnson were next when they played an essential employee scenario where Johnson wanted to enter Holt’s shop.

“I still respectfully ask customers to wear masks,” said Holt.

“But I don’t need a mask, I’m gay,” Johnson replied.

And I am an ally. The first hot dog is mine, ”said Holt.

'Two young people who started dating during the pandemic' were played by Andrew Dismukes and Chloe Fineman.  Fineman put her mask over her head after she hated Dismukes goatee

‘Two young people who started dating during the pandemic’ were played by Andrew Dismukes and Chloe Fineman. Fineman put her mask over her head after she hated Dismukes goatee

Dr. McKinnon’s Fauci was confused again. “Being an ally is great, but it has nothing to do with mask safety.”

‘Two young people who started dating during the pandemic’ were played by Andrew Dismukes and Chloe Fineman.

The couple were pictured eating outside in a restaurant and noted that they were allowed to remove their masks.

When Dismukes took off his mask, it was seen that he had a goatee. Fineman joked that she “didn’t like the bottom of his face” because she had never seen it during the pandemic.

He suggested she put the mask on her eyes.

The issue of public transport was then tackled with Melissa Villaseñor noting that masks would still be needed on buses, subways and ferries.

“Where am I supposed to masturbate because buses, ferries, and subways all sound like great options?” Pete Davidson asked.

The issue of public transport was then discussed with Melissa Villaseñor and Pete Davidson

The issue of public transport was then discussed with Melissa Villaseñor and Pete Davidson

The final part of the show's cold open show saw cast members dance and discuss how 'everyone got the vaccine so we never need masks again'

The final part of the show’s cold open show saw cast members dance and discuss how ‘everyone got the vaccine so we never need masks again’

In a mask riddle, cast members Kyle Mooney, Kenan Thompson, Heidi Gardner and Mikey Day played four friends who were only half vaccinated ‘by train from Florida to the UK with one old and another a baby’.

“How many masks should we wear and in what order?” came the question. Dr. Fauci described it as a mystery.

In the final part of the skit, cast members danced and discussed how ‘everyone got the vaccine so we never need masks again’ asking what could be done with all the masks bought in the past year.

Yang said he would use a mask like “a parachute for my hamster.” Nwodim, she would turn two of her into bikinis.

The conversation was about to shift to the situation in Israel before Dr. McKinnon’s Fauci stepped in again, simply telling everyone to get the vaccine and ‘enjoy life without masks’.

The cast went mask-free during the cold open for the penultimate SNL show of the season

The cast went mask-free during the cold open for the penultimate SNL show of the season

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