CDC Says Vaccinated People Can Gather Indoors Without Masks, Releases Other New Guidelines

Grandparents can visit their unvaccinated grandkids, too

Thomas Smith
3 min readMar 8, 2021


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On Monday morning, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States released its long-awaited guidelines for people who have recieved both doses of their Covid-19 vaccine. Among other changes, the guidelines say that people who have been fully vaccinated are now free to gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people, and to forego face masks while doing so.

Under a section titled “What’s Changed”, the CDC wrote on Monday that:

If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.

However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Some things, the agency has, haven’t changed. About this, the CDC said:

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. Take these precautions whenever you are:

In public

Gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household

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

You should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.

You should still delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you’ll still need to follow CDC…



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