“For fully vaccinated people, the CDC is saying that you can resume most activities that you enjoyed prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or social distancing,” explains Dr. Ashwin Vasan, an assistant attending physician in the Department of Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “Exercising outdoors or going to the gym, picnicking with your friends, attending small indoor gatherings, eating indoors at a restaurant, or going to see a movie, if you are fully vaccinated, you should be able to do these activities safely without a mask.”
Fully vaccinated people (meaning two weeks have passed since their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) can now enjoy a majority of indoor and outdoor activities without a mask, except where required by local, state, or federal law. Masks are still required on public transportation, in nursing homes, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and schools. And people still need to follow the guidance of workplaces or local businesses if they require masks.
“I think this was the CDC’s way of also giving another incentive to people to get vaccinated, that if you get vaccinated you can start safely doing things without a mask,” says Dr, Vasan. “If we can keep pushing through with vaccinations, we can actually get to where we want to be as a city and as a country.”