Americans are being urged to continue wearing masks in indoor settings during the holiday season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said New guidelines released on Friday.
The agency stressed the importance of taking basic precautions when attending large events or gathering with family and friends and getting vaccinated.
“We fully expect family and friends to gather for the holidays this year and have updated our guidance on how to stay safe over the holidays,” the agency wrote in its updated guidelines.
“The best way to reduce Covid risk and make sure people can gather safely is to get vaccinated or get a booster if you are eligible.”
The CDC said people who have been fully vaccinated are required to wear masks in public indoor settings in communities with “substantial to high transmission.”
Anyone traveling in a group of unvaccinated people or young children should take additional security measures, such as avoiding overcrowding and washing hands regularly.
Airlines are still struggling to recover from the effects of the pandemic, with passengers being warned of a “stressful” holiday season with ongoing cancellations and pilot shortages.
Airports are expected to be disrupted due to Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention