On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that people who are fully vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus can gather with other people who are fully vaccinated to celebrate this year’s Easter without wearing facemasks, according to Medscape.
The CDC said people who are not fully vaccinated must gather virtually and stay away from travel, if possible, in order to curb the spread of the virus.
“Celebrate #Easter this year with people you live with, virtually, or outside while staying 6 feet apart,” the federal health agency wrote on Twitter. “Enjoy Easter dinner & egg hunts with the people you live with to protect yourself & others from #COVID19.”
The CDC linked to its Holiday Tips guidance (last updated on March 18) to give more advice about safe ways to observe holidays with others during the pandemic, according to Medscape.
The guidance includes similar advice for holiday gatherings throughout the pandemic, such as wearing facemasks, avoiding crowds, and maintaining social distance.
The CDC added in the tweet, “Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice. If you do gather with people who don’t live with you, gatherings and activities held outdoors are safer than indoor gatherings.”
The federal agency also advised people to talk with others ahead of time to understand expectations for the celebration. It also recommended bringing your own food and utensils and limiting the number of guests.
Furthermore, the CDC advised, “Hosts should provide single-use options, such as salad dressing and condiment packets, have extra masks for guests, and bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors.”
“Drive or walk around your community to wave to neighbors from a safe distance,” the public health agency wrote. “Take food or gifts to family, friends, and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact with others, such as leaving them at the door.” The article was published Thursday on Medscape.