RALEIGH, NC (WNCN)- The Centers for Disease Control guidelines for Thanksgiving 2021 are more relaxed than they were in 2020. For fully vaccinated families, the gathering could be almost normal.
The CDC said the best way to protect everyone, regardless of age, was to get vaccinated against COVID-19. To protect people who are not yet eligible, such as those under the age of 5, the agency said it is essential to make sure everyone around them is vaccinated.
If you’re not fully vaccinated, the CDC recommended wearing a well-fitting mask in an indoor setting. If you are vaccinated but live in a high transmission area, CDC officials recommend wearing a mask as well.
The CDC noted that outdoor environments were safer than indoors.
The CDC noted that if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at risk for serious illness, or is not vaccinated, it may still be a good idea to wear a mask even if you are vaccinated.
As the agency stressed during the pandemic, avoiding crowded, poorly ventilated areas is a good way to reduce the chance of infection. If you feel sick – stay home.
For people who travel, the CDC suggests that you postpone those plans if you are not vaccinated. Masking remains mandatory in public transport, such as airplanes and airports.
It’s also a good idea to check if your airline requires testing or proof of vaccination.
If multiple households come together, the CDC suggested considering additional precautions, such as COVID-19 testing.