CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Can Gather for Easter Without Masks

Carolyn Crist

April 01, 2021

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People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can gather with other fully vaccinated people for Easter without wearing face masks, the CDC announced on Wednesday.

Those who aren't fully vaccinated should gather virtually and avoid travel, if possible, to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the CDC said.

"Celebrate #Easter this year with people you live with, virtually, or outside while staying 6 feet apart," the CDC wrote in a post on Twitter. "Enjoy Easter dinner & egg hunts with the people you live with to protect yourself & others from #COVID19."

The CDC linked to its Holiday Tips guidance, which was last updated on March 18, to give more advice about safe ways to observe holidays with others during the pandemic. The guidance has provided similar advice for holiday gatherings throughout the pandemic, such as avoiding crowds, remaining socially distant from others outside of the household, and wearing face masks.

"Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice," the CDC wrote. "If you do gather with people who don't live with you, gatherings and activities held outdoors are safer than indoor gatherings."

The CDC also suggested talking with others ahead of time to understand expectations for the celebration, bringing your own food and utensils, and limiting the number of guests when possible. In addition, hosts should provide single-use options, such as salad dressing and condiment packets, have extra masks for guests, and bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors.

"Drive or walk around your community to wave to neighbors from a safe distance," the CDC wrote. "Take food or gifts to family, friends, and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact with others, such as leaving them at the door."

SOURCES:

Twitter: @CDCgov: March. 31, 2021.

CDC: "COVID-19: Holidays Tips."

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