For the first time in months, federal health authorities say that certain groups can take their masks off.
Fully-vaccinated individuals can take a breath of fresh air, mask-free, when indoors with other fully vaccinated individuals, officials said on Monday.
Vaccinated grandparents, many of which have been told to avoid their grandchildren for nearly a year, can also go maskless with low-risk individuals such as young and healthy people.
The news comes as vaccinations ramp up, albeit slowly, around the U.S. and case rates continue to drop.
It's a small relief, but it is significant. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has not recommended that individuals leave their masks behind since the start of the pandemic. Now over 11 months later, restrictions are being lifted across state lines.
In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has gone a step further in reversing previous statewide mask mandates effective on Wednesday, a move that many still consider premature. In Texas, 8.4% of the population is fully vaccinated, but Abbott cited lower hospitalization rates and record-high vaccine shipments in his decision to open up Texas.
The federal announcement still represents a minority as well, as more than 90% of Americans are still not fully vaccinated. According to the New York Times, scientists are still not sure how much vaccinated individuals can transmit the disease, so fully vaccinated individuals are still asked to keep masks on and continue to socially distance when in public to keep those who are unvaccinated safe.
"Fully vaccinated" individuals are those who have gone at least two weeks since their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or two weeks since the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
While the end is not here, it could be in sight. According to the CDC, over 2 million doses are being given per day across the U.S.
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Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.
There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.
All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.
🗓 All weekend
Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park
Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.
11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway