CDC releases updated guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals

by Jenny Mount · Apr 28th, 2021 11:50 am

Last Updated May 1st, 2021 at 2:42 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidelines for fully vaccinated people on Tuesday.

The new interim public health recommendations address a variety of situations in which fully vaccinated individuals can forgo wearing a mask.

"Today is another day we can take a step back to the normalcy of before," said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. "Over the past year, we have spent a lot of time telling Americans what they cannot do, what they should not do. Today, I'm going to tell you some of the things you can do if you are fully vaccinated."

The new recommendations say fully vaccinated individuals can now walk, run, hike or bike outdoors alone or with members of their household, attend small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated family and friends, attend small outdoor gatherings with a mixture of fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people, and dine at outdoor restaurants with friends from multiple households.

According to a CDC infographic of the new guidelines, fully vaccinated people can also attend "a crowded, outdoor event, like a live performance, parade, or sports event," as long as they remain masked.

The CDC says fully vaccinated individuals should continue wearing masks when in public spaces, when gathering indoors with unvaccinated people from more than one household, when visiting unvaccinated high-risk individuals, or in an outdoor setting or venue where masks are required.


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