Easter and Ramadan are fast approaching, and Passover is already in full swing. As more people in the United States are receiving their first and second vaccination shots, the spring holidays could look a little less lonely than Christmas and Thanksgiving. But we’re not out of the woods yet — here’s how to make sure you have a Covid-safe holiday.
Covid-19 cases and deaths are declining across the country, leading the CDC to issue looser safety guidelines for vaccinated people. The new looser regulations mean unmasked indoor gatherings with unvaccinated people are still not encouraged, but if everyone in your home has been fully vaccinated, and it’s been two weeks since their final shot, an unmasked indoor gathering with one other unvaccinated household is allowed without social distancing. That being said, this only counts for unvaccinated people who aren’t in a high-risk group.
The CDC still says groups should be kept small, as variants are still circulating, and the vaccine’s efficacy against them is still unknown. Medical professionals also still encourage opening a window to improve ventilation and using a HEPA filter air cleaner.
It’s important to keep in mind that only 10% of the population has been vaccinated so far, so many are still at risk to not only catch it, but transmit it. Be sure to follow all guidelines, and be conscientious of family members and friends who may not yet be comfortable with looser guidelines.
Happy holidays, and stay safe!