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CDC: Masks Are No Longer Required in Most Settings for Vaccinated People

May 14, 2021Articles

On Thursday, May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced new guidance stating it is safe for fully vaccinated people to not wear masks or physically distance in any non-health care setting.1

Per this guidance, fully vaccinated people can now resume most activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing. Unvaccinated people, however, should still consider the risks of particular indoor and outdoor activities now deemed safe for vaccinated people, such as restaurant dining, exercising indoors, or attending a crowded outdoor event, and take necessary precautions.

This is only guidance. Individuals may still be required to wear masks, and businesses may still be required to enforce mask-wearing as required by federal, state, or local law. For example, travelers will still be required to wear masks on all forms of public transportation and in public transportation hubs within the United States.

Additionally, in this latest guidance, the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing and self-quarantining before and after domestic and international travel and following a known exposure if asymptomatic, unless the individual lives or works in a high-congregated setting, such as a correctional facility or homeless shelter.

As the country continues to emerge from the pandemic, individuals and businesses should be mindful of this changing landscape as federal and state agencies begin to loosen pandemic requirements. For specific questions concerning national and state COVID-19 legal developments, please contact your Dinsmore attorney.


[1] Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People, Centers for Disease Control, May 13, 2021, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html.