CDC Director Robert Redfield told reporters Friday

CDC Director Robert Redfield told reporters Friday that it continues to be “extremely important” that Americans embrace recommendations such as hand-washing and wearing a face covering when in public.

“I know that people are eager to return to normal activities and ways of life, important that we remember this,” he said. “This situation is unprecedented. And that the pandemic has not ended.”

The CDC also released guidance on how Americans can resume certain activities, like dining out or using a gym, safely.

The briefing Friday was the CDC’s first open news briefing in three months.

The CDC has remained largely silent on the pandemic. Last month, the agency quietly released detailed guidance for reopening schools, mass transit and nonessential businesses that had been shut down in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S.