CDC Fully Relaxes Outdoor and Most Indoor Mask Recommendations for Those Who Are Fully Vaccinated
As the light at the end of this pandemic appears to get closer and closer, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continue to evolve with more and more American getting vaccinated. Today the CDC is fully relaxing outdoor mask recommendations and indoor mask recommendations for most situations for those that are fully vaccinated. They are also lifting the physical distancing guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated.
Just a few weeks ago, the CDC updated their mask recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals saying that they were no longer required in outdoor settings unless there were large crowds present. They were still recommended in situations such as major outdoor sporting events as well as concerts.
Up until today, masks were still recommended by the CDC for all individuals – vaccinated or not – in all indoor situations.
However, with today’s recommendation from the CDC, those who are fully vaccinated can now ditch their masks in all outdoor situations including large crowds. Those who are fully vaccinated can also go mask-free indoors in most environments.
The CDC is still recommending the use of masks by all who are fully vaccinated in situations such as airplanes, prisons/jails, homeless shelters, and hospitals. More guidance from the CDC should also be coming out soon for workplaces, schools, and summer camps.
As you probably are wondering, what does this mean about the future of mask mandates at our favorite Disney Theme Parks? Since Disney is a private company and essentially makes their own rules, it might not mean anything…yet.
Last month, Walt Disney World dropped the requirement that Guests had to wear masks while taking photos as long as they were stationary and socially distant. Just yesterday, they also dropped the physical distancing requirements for Guests waiting in queues for attractions at Walt Disney World from six feet to three feet.
It is important to note, though, that these new mask recommendations from the CDC apply to those who are fully vaccinated. Someone is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they receive their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and two weeks after they receive the one jab of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
It will be interesting to see if Disney will require Guests to show proof that they are fully vaccinated. And, if that is what they allow for a Guest to go mask-free, how would they differentiate between a Guest who is fully vaccinated and one that is not? It is this that I don’t have the answers to!
Earlier this year, top Disney executives announced that they were hopeful to have social distancing guidelines and mask mandates completely gone by the beginning of 2022. With today’s updated mask recommendations by the CDC, let’s hope it is even sooner than that!
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