Fully vaccinated individuals can gather indoors without masks or socially distancing with other vaccinated individuals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated on Monday.
The guidelines are the first set of recommendations by the CDC for vaccinated individuals.
Vaccinated individuals can associate with low-risk individuals from one other household, according to the new guidelines. The guidelines do continue to recommend individuals continue to socially distance themselves, wear masks, and avoid large gatherings in public even after getting the vaccine.
“You should still take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces,” says the CDC. “Take these precautions whenever you are in public, gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household, or visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19 or who lives with a person at increased risk.”
CDC director Rochelle Walensky stated that “fully vaccinated individuals” consist of individuals who are two weeks removed from receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Vaccinated individuals who come in contact with an infected person do not have to quarantine or isolate at all, according to the new guidelines.