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.
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“A growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have asymptomatic infection and potentially less likely to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others,” the CDC said to explain the relaxation of some recommendations.
According to the new guidance, people who have been fully vaccinated — meaning two weeks have passed since they received their final vaccine dose — can relax some Covid-19 precautions during private gatherings, but should continue wearing a mask and maintaining social distance in public.
People who are fully vaccinated can now:
Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic.
The CDC still recommends, however that people who are vaccinated avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings. And vaccinated people should still get tested if they experience symptoms of Covid-19. Travel is still not recommended, even for those who are fully vaccinated.
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