New CDC guidelines loosen national health guidelines for fully-vaccinated individuals

Fully-vaccinated individuals can eat indoors, spend time outside in mixed crowds and attend concerts

Hamilton Scudder, Editor in Chief

The Centers for Disease Control recently instituted new guidelines for Americans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including relaxing the use of face masks. Those who are no longer have to wear masks in most indoor or outdoor settings.

These new recommendations do come with the caveat that masks will still be required “where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance,” according to the CDC’s website.

The RV administration has made no changes to their policies regarding masks on school grounds for vaccinated individuals as of now.

However, stores like Walmart and Trader Joe’s are already beginning to relax their mask requirements for those who are fully vaccinated, though “[abiding] by local and state mask mandates” according to the Washington Post.

Many retailers are continuing to implement mask-wearing in their stores, however there are other aspects of getting vaccinated that the new guidelines ease restrictions on.

The CDC outlines that domestic travel can return to normal for fully vaccinated people, including no longer having to self-quarantine if they are not experiencing symptoms. As well, if you are fully vaccinated and you are exposed to someone with it, you no longer have to quarantine or get tested if you are asymptomatic.

As with all COVID-19 guidelines, these relaxations do not apply if you work in a healthcare setting or if there are other regional laws or corporate rules for testing or mask-wearing, but this development should begin encouraging those who are hesitant to get the vaccine because of the limited difference in regulations to do so.