Unvaccinated people are on the CDC’s naughty vacation travel list.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines ahead of the holidays that encouraged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before assembling and wear a mask in some cases, regardless of vaccination status
And unvaccinated people were advised to stay home completely.
“The CDC always recommends delaying travel until you are fully immunized,” said the agency, which encourages wearing masks in transit.
“We expect families and friends to reunite for the holidays this year and we’ve updated our tips on how best to stay safe while on vacation,” the agency wrote in a statement Friday. “The best way to minimize the risk of COVID and ensure people can gather together safely is to get the shot or get the booster if you are eligible. ”
The agency said people, even if they have been vaccinated, should wear masks for party activities in indoor public spaces or if they are spending the holidays with someone who poses a health risk.
“You can choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk of serious illness, or is not vaccinated,” the guide says.
For those meeting with loved ones from different households, the guidelines also suggest taking extra precautions.
“If you are meeting with a group of people from multiple households and potentially from different parts of the country, you may want to consider additional precautions (eg avoiding crowded indoor spaces before traveling, taking a test) before assembling to reduce more risks, ”the agency said.
The advice comes as experts warn it could be a chaotic holiday season.
About 40 percent of Transportation Security Administration employees are not vaccinated by the federal deadline, which could lead to staff shortages for Thanksgiving.