CDC Says Fully-Vaccinated People Can Gather Without Masks

Fully-vaccinated people can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to new guidelines from the CDC.

New guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control allow people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus to gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing.

Vaccinated people can also gather, unmasked, with people from another household who are not yet vaccinated, as long as those people are at low risk of serious illness from the virus, such as in the case of vaccinated grandparents visiting healthy children and grandchildren.

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have gotten the second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines (or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

“We know that people want to get vaccinated so they can get back to doing the things they enjoy with the people they love,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, in a statement.

“There are some activities that fully vaccinated people can begin to resume now in the privacy of their own homes. Everyone – even those who are vaccinated – should continue with all mitigation strategies when in public settings. As the science evolves and more people get vaccinated, we will continue to provide more guidance to help fully vaccinated people safely resume more activities,” Dr. Walensky said.

The CDC is continuing to recommend that fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks and maintain distance when in public. The CDC says people who have been vaccinated should still avoid gathering in larger groups and should get tested if they show any symptoms of COVID-19.

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