Do We Still Need To Wear Face Masks If There’s A Vaccine?
Face coverings still play a crucial role in keeping ourselves and others safe while traveling.
The good news came on May 13 from the Centers for Disease Control: If you're fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic without wearing a mast or physically distancing—except where required by federal, local, state, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations including local business and workplace guidance.
CDC says we're still learning:
- How effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data show the vaccines may work against some variants but could be less effective against others.
- How well the vaccines protect people with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications.
- How long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.
So stay tuned for more information down the road.
In the mean time, CDC recommends taking steps to protect yourself and others if you travel.
You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested within 3 days of their flight (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months) and should still get tested 3-5 days after their trip.
CDC recommends watching out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
Some people, like those with a condition or those taking medications that weaken the immune system may need to continue taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19, and should talk to their healthcare provider.
We’re so excited to see you out there on the trails and at the crag. Let’s keep playing it safe and respectful!