The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday released COVID-19 guidelines for winter camps, stating that vaccination workers and adolescents do not need to wear masks.
The changes represent an update from the previous advice for all workers and neighborhoods to wear a face mask, regardless of their immunization status.
Now they only need to wear masks in the state or local areas or follow local business or workplace guidelines. Social distance is also considered “unnecessary” for fully vaccinated neighborhoods and workers.
The New Summer Camp Guide Vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask in most settings, in line with the CDC recommendations issued earlier this month.
However, the CDC said that those who are fully vaccinated can wear masks if they choose to do so, adding that the camps should be “supportive” of that decision.
Adjustments come as more Americans are vaccinated because COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are declining nationwide.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also introduced a small population of PFZ-bioentech vaccine for COVID-19 vaccines for children 12 to 15 years of age this month.
Children under the age of 12 are currently not allowed to get the vaccine. Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are currently only available for adults.
He said camp guidelines for these unaccompanied minors and other people who have not been vaccinated are “strongly encouraged” to wear masks outside for long periods of time and at home.
The CDC acknowledges that camps may decide to order masks when they cannot verify who was vaccinated and who was not.
Updated at 3:08 p.m.
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