As Americans commemorate the second Memorial Day weekend under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s events may look like a return to normal with many restrictions easing due to the distribution of vaccines throughout the country.
With almost half of adults in America vaccinated against the virus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky gave an optimistic outlook for events and gatherings over the holiday weekend.
“If you are vaccinated, you are protected, and you can enjoy your Memorial Day,” Walensky said during a White House COVID-19 briefing. “If you are not vaccinated, our guidance has not changed for you, you remain at risk of infection. You still need to mask and take other precautions.”
Many towns and cities across the country are looking forward to the return of Memorial Day parades this year.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said parades are a safe activity for people who are vaccinated for COVID-19 and unsafe for people who are not vaccinated.
The health agency also still recommends people wear face masks and social distance at large gatherings that have attendees from different households.
As the country continues to gradually open up, millions of Americans are hitting the roads on Memorial Day weekend.
Throughout the U.S., the federal mask mandate still extends through September across all transportation networks, including planes, buses, trains, and transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
With face masks no longer required outdoors for fully vaccinated Americans, barbecues and other outdoor gatherings can make a comeback this Memorial Day weekend.
Those who are not fully vaccinated are asked to continue to wear face masks and social distance.
However, state and local restrictions on masks, social distancing, and the size of gatherings remain in effect.
Americans who have been fully vaccinated can gather with other fully vaccinated adults or children for small gatherings at home or other private settings without a mask, according to the CDC.
In crowded indoor settings, the CDC still recommends everyone wear a mask and social distance.
State and local limits on how many people can gather indoors are still in effect.
(By Stephen Sorace | Fox News)