COVID-19

New CDC guidelines to OK maskless, indoor gatherings of vaccinated Americans

The CDC will announce new guidelines as soon as this Thursday on what fully vaccinated Americans can do, including allowing for small gatherings indoors with other vaccinated individuals, Politico first reported. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, previewed the roadmap back to somewhat normal life Monday. 

“I use the example of a daughter coming in from out of town who is doubly vaccinated, and a husband and wife doubly vaccinated, and maybe a next door neighbor, who you know are doubly vaccinated,” Dr. Fauci said at a White House COVID-19 Task Force press conference Monday.

“Small gatherings in the home of people, I think you can clearly feel that the risk, the relative risk, is so low that you would not have to wear a mask, that you could have a good social gathering within the home.”

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the head of the CDC, did not say when the new guidelines would be released but said the CDC is “looking forward to releasing it soon.”

While a small gathering indoors with other vaccinated people isn’t the party most Americans are hoping for, it is the first time that the Biden administration has signaled it is willing to loosen restrictions. 

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.