CDC Says Masks or Physically Distancing No Longer Necessary for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Matthew Soberman


CDC Says Masks or Physically Distancing No Longer Necessary for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Matthew Soberman


CDC Says Masks or Physically Distancing No Longer Necessary for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

As the numbers of individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 continue to rise in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (better known as the CDC) has issued new guidance that radically changes the policies we’ve seen in the last year.


In a briefing Thursday afternoon, the CDC confirmed that face masks and physical distancing are largely no longer necessary for those who are fully vaccinated, perhaps the largest step towards normalcy since the pandemic began. There are exceptions to this new guidance: masks are still required for those using public transit, like buses, trains and airplanes. And, of course, local and state governments as well as private businesses are allowed to set their own requirements.

From the CDC website:

If you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
    • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
    • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
    • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.
  • 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 or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.

For now, if you’ve been fully vaccinated:

  • You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
  • If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others. You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested within 3 days of their flight (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
  • You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.

As of the writing of this article, neither Disney Parks or Universal Parks & Resorts have announced any changes to their COVID-19 safety protocols based on this new guidance. Keep reading WDWNT, Disneyland News Today and Universal Parks News Today for more on this ongoing story.

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13 thoughts on “CDC Says Masks or Physically Distancing No Longer Necessary for Fully Vaccinated Individuals”

  1. hopefully, this will keep all the people soiling their underwear anytime they see someone without a mask at home!

    • I think I could find literally anything better to do with my time. Why not encourage more people to get vaccinated instead? That would actually be more productive towards your goal.

    • So people are for 2 years old having masks on outside in 90 degree weather. Wow. Hope you clowns never have kids.

      • My two year old is going to Disney this month, and yeah, he’ll be wearing a mask, and for good reason: 2 year olds can’t be vaccinated yet, so this guidance doesn’t apply to them.

        I’m glad we’re making progress, and that I don’t have to wear my mask in nearly as many places now. Once we’re able to get our two year old and other kids vaccinated, I’m looking forward to being done with masks all around. There seems to be a misconception that people wear masks because they like them. It’s just the opposite, it’s so we can get to a point where we don’t need them. We’re nearly there, and that’s great news for everybody.

        To get there, people have got to keep getting vaccinated and making good choices in the meantime, which means NOT advocating for 2 year olds, who are by necessity not yet vaccinated, to go maskless.

  2. This whole thing has devolved into one gigantic joke. The CDC is only caving in to the common sense others have been espousing for months or even longer. And all the sheeple who follow around the CDC as gospel somehow think covid that was so bad yesterday is now magically gone today. And Disney of course will hold out until sometime next year on masks and distancing to prove they are so much better than everyone else.

    • CDC studied the science and waited until the data was in to confirm transmission rates among fully vaccinated people. Since there hadn’t been many of those until recently, it took awhile to have actual data to thoroughly analyze. COVID is still bad. It killed half a million of Americans and counting. But it’s the people that got vaccinated and wore their masks that made this progress possible. To quote Maui: “You’re welcome!”

  3. Hopefully I can hug Vampirina since I am fully Vaccinated!

    So it looks like we are half way back to normal; but I honestly don’t know.

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