CDC says certain activities are safe for fully vaccinated people without a Mask

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Outdoor activities are safe without masks — regardless of whether a person is vaccinated — as long as people are either alone or with immediate family members, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. And fully vaccinated people can gather safely outdoors without masks in small groups.

President Joe Biden speaks during an event on COVID-19 vaccinations and the response to the pandemic, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Monday, March 29, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The new guidance is part of an update from the agency on what activities are safest for Americans, depending on whether they are fully vaccinated; that is, those who are two weeks out from their last dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

Fully vaccinated individuals may safely go without masks when dining at outdoor restaurants with people from other households. The CDC said that activity is less safe for nonvaccinated people, who should remain masked as much as possible when dining outdoors.

But for other activities, the CDC still recommends wearing a mask, even for vaccinated individuals. Those include attending crowded outdoor events, such as concerts or sporting events, attending full-capacity indoor religious services, and working out in indoor gyms.

Such activities are not considered safe for people who remain unvaccinated, according to the CDC.

This appears to be the CDC’s “attempt to provide some reward for people who have been vaccinated, and to help persuade people who still are unvaccinated,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

But Schaffner added the guidance is so dense that it may be not easy for many people to use it. “This is pretty complicated. You almost have to keep these guidelines with you to figure out, ‘Can I do this, or can I not do this?'”

Disclaimer – Even though this is not currently updated on the CDC website at time of this report, this is the report as sourced by NBC News

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