The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out new guidelines Monday for those who have been fully vaccinated against the virus. The guidelines included a mention that they can get together with one household of people who aren’t inoculated, without a mask, as long as those people are not high-risk for the coronavirus.
People who are vaccinated should still wear masks when they’re in public and while interacting with people who have not been vaccinated. They should also avoid large gatherings, according to the latest set of guidelines that were being awaited for a long time now. “If grandparents have been vaccinated, they can visit their daughter and her family even if they have not been vaccinated, so long as the daughter and her family are not at risk for severe disease,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the head of the CDC, at a press briefing.
Fully vaccinated people can start following the looser guidelines about two weeks after their final shot, the agency said. “CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can visit with other fully vaccinated people in small gatherings indoors, without wearing masks or physical distancing. So what does this mean if you have a friend, or you and a family member are both vaccinated, you can have dinner together, wearing masks, without distancing? You can visit your grandparents if you have been vaccinated and they have been too,” she said.” Walensky said at a White House press conference.
The CDC is not issuing new recommendations around travel at this time; people should still avoid unnecessary travel. “We know that many of our variants have emerged from international places and we know that a travel corridor is a place where people are mixing a lot,” Walensky said. “We are really trying to restrain travel at this current period of time, and we’re hopeful that our next set of guidance, will have more science around what vaccinated people can do — perhaps to travel — being among them.”
The CDC already said people who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine if they’re exposed to someone with the disease unless they develop symptoms. The guidelines will continue to evolve as more people become vaccinated, Walensky said. “Like you, I want to be able to return to everyday activities. Today’s action represents an important first step. It is not our final destination.”