US CDC; Allow Vaccinated Citizens to gather without masks

UMMATIMES - The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are allowed to gather in small groups without having to wear masks. These guidelines were released on Monday (8/3/2021). People who are considered fully vaccinated are those who have received the second dose of vaccination for more than 2 weeks for the Pfizer, BioNTech, and Moderna vaccines. As well as people who have been more than 2 weeks of receiving a dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

This guideline is also a guide for people who want to resume normal activities, even though the pandemic is still ongoing. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said it is in the interest of protecting those who have not been vaccinated and classified as vulnerable, while around 60,000 cases of COVID-19 occur every day.

Despite the relaxation, the CDC continues to remind Americans that precautionary procedures such as wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing apply in public spaces. In addition, it is also important to avoid crowds and take precautions when meeting people who have not been vaccinated.

Allowance for residents who have been vaccinated

Following are the guidelines that the CDC allows for fully vaccinated individuals:
  • It is permissible to visit fellow residents who have been vaccinated in a room without wearing a mask or keeping a distance.
  • It is permissible to visit an unvaccinated person from the same house as long as the person has a low risk of contracting severe COVID-19 symptoms. Taking off the mask and not keeping your distance is permitted.
  • May not do quarantine or not routinely undergo testing after contracting COVID-19, provided that you have no symptoms (asymptomatic).