NYS DOH and CDC updated recommendations: travel, HCP, and quarantine

The New York State Department of Health has released updated guidance documents on April 1st, 2021, primarily covering quarantine due to exposure or travel, and exempting fully vaccinated people from quarantine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance is that fully vaccinated people should still wear masks when with other unvaccinated people who are at risk of developing severe symptoms if exposed to COVID. If all are fully vaccinated, then masks/social distancing is not required. NYS guidance does not allow quarantine exemption for fully vaccinated after international travel. Please CLICK HERE to read the article with more information.

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing
  • Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households
  • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

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