04 May

May 2021: CDC Updates Outdoor Mask Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People

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Update Applicable to:
All employers.

What happened?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine.

What are the details?
This update loosens the CDC’s mask-wearing recommendations for those fully vaccinated, allowing many outdoor activities without a mask.

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose vaccine series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The new guidance says that people fully vaccinated can gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and venues. Fully vaccinated people can participate in the following activities without a mask:

  • Walking, running, or biking outdoors with members of the same household
  • Attending a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated family and friends
  • Attending a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people
  • Dining at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households

For those fully vaccinated, the CDC still recommends wearing a mask in indoor settings.

According to the agency, it is also safe for unvaccinated people to walk, run, or bike outdoors with members of their household or attend a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated family and friends without wearing a mask. However, the CDC recommends that unvaccinated people continue to wear a mask when around unvaccinated people, including at both indoor and outdoor gatherings.

The CDC guidance can be found here.

What do employers need to do?
No action is required of employers.


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