Gathering Safely Once Vaccinated

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Fully vaccinated people are well protected against COVID-19. Small private gatherings are likely safe with other vaccinated individuals. However, we all need to keep in mind the risk of spreading COVID-19 to people who are not vaccinated or at high risk.

Even if you’re fully vaccinated, you should still keep following health measures in public indoor spaces, like wearing a mask and staying 6 feet (2 meters) apart. And continue to avoid crowds.

Please also keep in mind that some people may not feel comfortable gathering – even in low-risk settings. Others may not want hugs and handshakes yet. And that’s ok. If someone declines your offer or asks for a safety plan, please remember that everyone is adjusting to the new normal and we all just want to stay safe and protect our loved ones.

Visits between people who are all fully vaccinated

Fully vaccinated people can visit with each other with reduced risk even without wearing masks or physical distancing. This means it is low risk to dine at an outdoor restaurant or to have your fully vaccinated friends over to dinner – and low risk to shake hands or give hugs!

You should still wear masks in public indoor settings, like at a worship service or a movie theater, and at crowded outdoor settings, like a sporting event.

Visits between fully vaccinated people and unvaccinated people

Indoor visits between fully vaccinated people and unvaccinated people from one other household without masks or physical distancing are likely a low risk to those who are vaccinated.

That means any unvaccinated people you gather with should inform your plans. If any unvaccinated people are at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness, then the visit should take place outdoors or indoors with the windows open, and you should all wear masks and stay 6 feet (2 meters) apart.

✓ OK to gather without masks

Visiting with unvaccinated people from a single low-risk household

If the unvaccinated people you plan to gather with are from one other household that does not have anyone at high risk, you can visit indoors, without anyone wearing masks, with a low risk of spreading COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated grandparents can visit indoors with their unvaccinated healthy daughter and her healthy children without wearing masks or physical distancing, as long as none of the unvaccinated family members are at risk of severe COVID-19 illness.


Mask up, distance, and air out!

Visiting with unvaccinated people from a single high-risk household

If any of the unvaccinated people or their household members are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness, everyone should wear a well-fitted mask, stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart from each other, and visit outdoors or indoors with the windows open.

If a fully vaccinated person visits with an unvaccinated friend who is 70 years old (which would make them at high risk), the visit should take place outdoors or indoors with the windows open, wearing well-fitted masks, and keeping at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart.

Visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households at the same time

If unvaccinated people come together from multiple households or multiple families, there is a higher risk of spreading COVID-19. Therefore, everyone should wear well-fitted masks, stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart, and visit outdoors or indoors with the windows open.

If fully vaccinated grandparents are visiting with their unvaccinated daughter and her children, and the daughter’s unvaccinated neighbors also come over, the visit should then take place outdoors or indoors with the windows open, wearing well-fitted masks, and staying at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart. Since there are two different households with people who have not been vaccinated, the risk is higher.

Visits between unvaccinated people

The guidance for gatherings of unvaccinated people has not changed. Unvaccinated people should always keep gatherings small, meet outdoors, wear well-fitted masks, and maintain physical distance (6 feet / 2 meters).

Attending medium- or large-sized gatherings

Regardless of whether someone has been vaccinated or not, everyone should avoid medium- or large-sized in-person gatherings and follow any local guidance on the size of gatherings.

Attending other gatherings and social activities away from home

The risk of COVID-19 infection during public social activities – like dining indoors at a restaurant or going to the gym – is lower for fully vaccinated people. You should still take steps to protect any high-risk or unvaccinated people in public settings.

If you’re gathering with a small group of fully vaccinated people, you do not need to wear masks or distance in private indoor settings or outdoors. But if you are gathering in a public indoor space (like a mall) or a crowded outdoor space (like a sporting event), continue to wear a well-fitted mask and stay 6 feet (2 meters) apart.

Whether or not you’re fully vaccinated, you must follow the phase guidance and restrictions for your region.


The CDC recommends delaying domestic and international travel until you are fully vaccinated. Traveling increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Travel within the U.S. without getting tested for COVID-19 before or after traveling
  • Travel within the U.S. and internationally without quarantining after travel

It is federally required to continue wearing a mask when traveling, including on planes, trains, buses, and taxis and ride-shares. You should also stay 6 feet (2 meters) from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer while traveling to protect those around you. Please follow the rules of the specific airline, bus, train, or other travel company you’re using.

If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines for unvaccinated people.

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