Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
UPDATEGiven new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
UPDATEThe White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here.
Updated Oct. 21, 2021
What you need to know before participating in activities
- If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the virus that causes COVID-19 and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
- If you are not fully vaccinated, continue to take steps to protect yourself.
- If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may not be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. You should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until advised otherwise by your healthcare provider.
Things to Think About When Planning Activities
COVID-19 in your community
- Are there high numbers of cases in your community? You can find out about spread of COVID-19 in your community on the County View. If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the virus that causes COVID-19 and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
- Are many people in your community vaccinated? Vaccines continue to reduce a person’s risk of contracting the virus that cause COVID-19, including this variant. You can find out about vaccination in your community on the County View page. Consider wearing a mask for activities that bring you into close contact with others.
- What are the local and business laws, rules, and regulations? Be sure to follow laws, rules, and regulations made by businesses and federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial agencies.
- Will you be inside or outside? If you want to spend time with people who don’t live with you, outdoors is the safer choice! You are less likely to be exposed to COVID-19 during outdoor activities, even without the use of masks.
- Does the space have good ventilation? Good ventilation, along with other preventive actions, like staying 6 feet apart and wearing masks, can help prevent you from getting and spreading COVID-19.
- Are you able to stay 6 feet away from others? Avoid crowded places where you cannot stay 6 feet away from others.
Stay home if you are sick
- Fully vaccinated people should be tested 5–7 days after their last exposure.
- People who are not fully vaccinated should get tested immediately when they find out they are a close contact. If their test result is negative, they should get tested again 5–7 days after their last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.