CDC: No Masks, No Social Distance If Fully Vaccinated

May 13, 2021 by Alexa Hornbeck
Rochelle Walensky, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies before a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Tuesday, May 11, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool via AP)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely resume life without any restrictions. 

“The science is clear: if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic,” said a spokesperson from CDC. 

According to the CDC, if you are fully vaccinated, you don’t need to wear masks indoors or outside, and you don’t need to maintain physical distance. 

However, there are a few exceptions as masks will still be required for health care settings, air travel, and any private businesses which require a mask.   

According to CDC data, about 116 million people have now been fully vaccinated in the U.S.,  and that number is expected to increase, as just over half the population has received their first shot.  

The CDC also recommends that those fully vaccinated can resume pre-pandemic activities, such as visiting the barber or hair salon, going to an uncrowded shopping center or indoor museum, attending a small gathering of fully vaccinated friends, attending indoor worship service, or participating in high intensity exercise classes.

However, for those who are unvaccinated none of these activities are recommended, and the standard COVID-19, six-foot social distancing, and mask wearing guidelines will continue to apply for all indoor and outdoor spaces. 

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