Pa. aligns its mask mandate with CDC’s recommendations for fully vaccinated people

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania has adjusted its mask order so it is in line with the current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The update mostly affects people who are fully vaccinated. The CDC says fully vaccinated people can visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors, without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart from one another.

They can also visit indoors, sans masks and distancing, with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19. That means no large groups from multiple households. If anyone around is at risk for severe disease, masks should be worn and social distancing should be maintained.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health said when out in public, everyone must still wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart, as it remains unknown how long protection lasts and how well the vaccines protect against variants.

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they received their second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or two weeks after a single-shot of Johnson & Johnson’s.

According to the CDC, an individual who is fully vaccinated does not need to quarantine or test after a known exposure, as long as they are not showing symptoms. But, they should quarantine and get tested if they show symptoms.