New CDC Guidelines: Those Who Are Fully Vaccinated Can Gather Inside Without Masks

People who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can safely gather indoors without masks or social distancing, according to new guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday.

During a coronavirus briefing at the White House, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky explained some of the new guidelines that may signal the first step toward normalcy since the pandemic gripped the US.

“A growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have an asymptomatic infection and potentially less likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to other people,” the CDC said to explain the relaxation of some recommendations.

Under the new guidance, people who have been fully vaccinated – meaning two weeks have passed since they received their final dose of vaccine – can relax some of the Covid-19 precautions during private meetings, but should continue to wear a mask and maintaining social distance in public.

People who are fully vaccinated can now:

  • Visit other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Visit unvaccinated single-household individuals who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing after known exposure if asymptomatic.

However, the CDC still recommends that vaccinated people avoid medium and large in-person meetings. And vaccinated people should still get tested if they experience Covid-19 symptoms. Travel is still not recommended, even for those who are fully vaccinated.

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