The spring holidays are fast approaching; East is this Sunday, Ramadan follows the week after on the 12th, and Passover is already in swing. As more people getting vaccinated, many are wondering if they can gather with family, friends, and loved ones during the holidays. Thanks to new, looser guidelines from the CDC, the spring holidays could look a little less lonely than Christmas and Thanksgiving — but we’re not out of the woods yet.

Covid-19 cases and deaths are declining, and the CDC has issued looser safety guidelines targeting vaccinated people in particular. The CDC still warns against unmasked indoor gatherings with unvaccinated people. But for households that have been fully vaccinated, and it’s been two weeks since their final shot, they’re allowed to gather with one other unvaccinated household indoors, without social distancing. Those in a high-risk group are still encouraged to keep a social distance and avoid indoor, unmasked gatherings.

The CDC recommends groups still remain small, as the vaccine’s efficacy against variants is still unknown. Medical professionals also encourage opening a window to improve ventilation and using a HEPA filter air cleaner.

Only 10% of the population has been vaccinated so far, so many are still at risk to not only catch coronavirus, but transmit it. Be sure to follow all guidelines, and be conscientious of family members and friends who may not yet be comfortable with looser guidelines.

Happy holidays, and stay safe!