While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided new COVID-19 guidance for fully vaccinated Americans on Monday including some eased restrictions such as gathering inside without masks, the agency didn’t provide an update or relax travel measures.
The agency maintained that Americans should refrain from traveling, referring to the organization’s travel guidance last updated on Feb. 16.
“Because of the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 during travel, fully vaccinated people should still take all CDC-recommended precautions before, during, and after travel,” read a CDC statement provided to USA TODAY by spokesperson Caitlin Shockey.
“While we work to vaccinate more people, prevention measures such as pre- and post-travel testing and post-travel self-quarantine, along with wearing well-fitted masks, will help us prevent spread of COVID-19,” the CDC said.
Though the restrictions remain at this time, the CDC said, it may update travel recommendations for fully vaccinated people as that number rises and as it learns more about how vaccines are working in the “real world.”
While the CDC recommended in February to “delay travel and stay home” according to its website, it did provide guidance points on to how to travel if you must:
Get fully vaccinated, if you are eligible and able. Then wait two weeks after full vaccination to travel.
Get tested between one and three days prior to traveling.
Check travel restrictions in advance.
Wear a face mask covering both your nose…