The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to issue new guidance as early as Thursday that allows for maskless indoor gatherings, provided that all individuals have been vaccinated.
Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke to the changes on Monday.
"I use the example of a daughter coming in from out of town who is doubly vaccinated, and a husband and wife doubly vaccinated, and maybe a next door neighbor, who you know are doubly vaccinated," he said during a White House COVID-19 Task Force press conference Monday. "Small gatherings in the home of people, I think you can clearly feel that the risk, the relative risk, is so low that you would not have to wear a mask, that you could have a good social gathering within the home."
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky cautioned that though this was a positive step forward, Americans should not become complacent or passive when it comes to mitigating practices.
"I want to really keep our eye on the fact that our cases are increasing right now. Slightly, but they are," Walensky said. "And so, the goal is not to sort of open up travel, open up things because we're scaling up vaccination."