Masks your self and return to church: CDC helps indoor worship …… | Information reporting
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week relaxed the agency's recommendations on social distancing, announcing that fully vaccinated people wearing masks can safely attend many indoor events such as church services.
CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced this Tuesday during a press conference at the White House where she unveiled a range of indoor activities for people wearing masks and receiving vaccines for COVID-19 to safely participate – including worship.
"As we collect more and more data on the effectiveness of vaccines in practice, we know that masked, fully vaccinated people can safely attend church services," she said.
Walensky also said masked, fully vaccinated people can safely go to an indoor restaurant or bar and "even take an indoor exercise class".
The CDC also recommends that those who are fully vaccinated use masks for indoor activities, such as walking. B. for singing in an indoor choir, for going to the cinema or for dining in a restaurant. For outdoor activities, the CDC generally only recommends masks for fully vaccinated individuals when planning to attend a crowded outdoor event such as a concert.
According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines. You are also considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one dose.
"The examples shown today show that once you are vaccinated you can safely return to many activities, most of them outdoors and without a mask – and get back to normal," said Walensky.
Officials quickly realized that they are still recommending the widespread use of masks for people who are not fully vaccinated and that many activities remain unsafe for those without a gunshot.
A slide attached to the announcement categorized many activities as “less” or “least” safe for people who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Attending a full-capacity indoor church service or singing in a choir, for example, were among the activities that were classified as "least safe" for unvaccinated people.
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The CDC also stressed that self-vaccinated people should continue to take precautionary measures such as: For example, generally wearing masks in indoor public spaces, avoiding “large” indoor gatherings, and wearing “well-fitted masks when visiting indoor with unvaccinated individuals from multiple households”.
“For vaccinated people, outdoor activities without a mask are generally safe. However, we still recommend masking in crowded outdoor areas and venues such as night clubs. For example, in crowded stadiums and concerts where physical distance can be reduced and where many unvaccinated people may also be present, ”said Walensky. "We will continue to recommend this until comprehensive vaccination is achieved."
It is unclear how the recommendations will affect individual places of worship, which are usually subject to state laws and internal guidelines, which may differ depending on the denomination or regional group.
Religious groups were among the first to change their policies when the pandemic escalated last year: when a rector of the bishops in Washington, DC, tested positive for the virus in March 2020 – one of the first in the city to contract COVID. 19 – The local diocese quickly stopped the use of wine during communion and emptied the baptismal fonts.
While the CDC proposals are guiding principles rather than formal federal restrictions, debates have been going on over local worship restrictions throughout the pandemic. Despite mass broadcast incidents at church services and the migration of many religious groups to online services, some faith leaders have refused to stop worship in person. Some have been arrested and others have sued local and state governments over the restrictions.
For his part, President Joe Biden continued to attend Mass in person throughout the pandemic, saying in November that he believes people can worship indoors if they do so "safely" – although he did not offer details of what it would mean.