The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have just announced and they believe vaccinated individuals (COVID-19) do not need to wear masks or physical distance indoors or outdoors, under most circumstances.
UPDATE: If you are fully vaccinated against #COVID19, you can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, incl. local business and workplace guidance. More: https://t.co/FJMon7WlFO
— CDC (@CDCgov) May 13, 2021
During a briefing today, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said:
“We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy. Based on the continuing downward trajectory of cases, the scientific data on the performance of our vaccines, and our understanding of how the virus spreads. That moment has come for those who are fully vaccinated.“
The CDC considers someone “fully vaccinated” two weeks after the last dose of the vaccine they used to build up antibodies against the virus. If it’s a one shot vaccination, it’s two weeks after that. For two shot vaccinations, that would be two weeks after your second shot.
At this time the estimates indicate about 35% of the population has been fully vaccinated. Now, if you are someone who has a compromised immune systems you might want to talk to your doctor about if you need to still wear the mask or not.
The Tweet above even indicates that mask mandates will depend on where you are and rules for that space:
“…except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, incl. local business and workplace guidance.”
Also note, just because you aren’t required by the CDC to wear a mask doesn’t mean that some locations won’t require you to wear one. Just because the CDC says they aren’t required in all situations, doesn’t mean a park like Walt Disney World or Disneyland won’t still require it.
The CDC is still saying masks must be worn when traveling on transportation that is more public like buses, and trains. Likely airlines will still ask that people wear the masks.
Today’s Disney Investor Call might give more information on this, but so far the physical distancing seems to be reduced, but masks are still required at the Disney parks in the United States.
Stay tuned for more information.
Sources: NBC News, Twitter
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