On April 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidelines detailing certain activities that fully vaccinated individuals can safely resume without the need to wear a mask. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after their single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
According to the new guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals can participate in the following activities without wearing a mask:
- Gather or conduct activities outdoors with other fully vaccinated people except in certain crowded settings and venues
- Walk, run, or bike outdoors with members of the same household
- Attend small, outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated family and friends
- Attend small, outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people
- Dine at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households
Keep in mind, the CDC still recommends that fully vaccinated individuals should wear a mask in indoor settings. Additionally, it is safe for unvaccinated individuals to take part in outdoor activities (i.e. walk, run or bike) with members of their household, or attend small, outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated family and friends without wearing a mask. However, the CDC recommends for those unvaccinated to continue wearing a mask when around other unvaccinated people at both indoor and outdoor gatherings.
As new vaccine guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals continue to be released, the CDC’s recommendations remain for individuals to stay as proactive as possible in adhering to safety and health guidelines from state officials to help avert future lockdowns. The CDC has highlighted a “choosing safer activities” list here.
To learn more about the updated guidelines, click here.
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