As more and more Americans receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has once again updated its guidance for going out. As of April 27, fully vaccinated folks can ditch their masks for certain outdoor activities, including dining alfresco.
Now, it's worth noting here that the CDC considers individuals fully vaccinated two weeks after their final shot—no matter if it's a two-dose series like Pfizer or Moderna or a single-dose vaccine like Johnson & Johnson. Those who are not yet fully vaccinated should continue taking precautions (Wear your mask! Keep your distance!) in order to keep everyone safe.
If it has been two weeks since your final dose, you no longer need to wear a mask when dining at outdoor restaurants with friends from multiple households. Those who are not vaccinated will need to continue masking up when they go out to eat—no matter if they're seated indoors or out. Everyone—regardless of vaccine status—will still need to don a face covering while dining indoors.
Either way, you shouldn't throw away your mask collection just yet. Even if you're fully vaccinated, it'd be wise to stash a face covering in your pocket when you're going out to eat. You never know if you'll need to go inside to pay the bill or use the restroom. Plus, you'll still need a mask to attend crowded outdoor events, visit the hair salon, ride public transit and plenty of other higher-risk activities.
Familiarize yourself with the full list of allowances for vaccinated and unvaccinated people as of April 27. And because every city is different, it's important to continue keeping an eye on COVID-19 cases in your community to make informed decisions for yourself and those around you.
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