Big news today was little news: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eventually released initial guidelines exempting vaccinated Americans from some COVID-19 restrictions. The catch? For this first round, the only restrictions relaxed are that vaccinated Americans should feel free to interact with other vaccinated Americans, with reasonable caution, indoors, without masks and without social distancing. Similarly, the vaccinated can meet with unvaccinated family members – grandchildren, for example – as long as no one is in a severe risk category.
However, those who have been vaccinated should continue to wear masks and social distancing in public situations. Less than 1 in 10 Americans have received the vaccine, which means the risk of spreading the virus to the public remains high.