Under New Guidelines, Fully Vaccinated People May Gather Maskless In Groups Of 10

Mar 16, 2021

A syringe contains a dose of a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 during a vaccine clinic at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.
Credit Loren Holmes / ADN

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has updated its recommendations for restrictions on gatherings among fully vaccinated people. YKHC updated its recommendations on March 10 to match new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Under the changes, people who are fully vaccinated, meaning that it has been at least two weeks since their second COVID-19 vaccine, may gather indoors with 10 or fewer fully vaccinated people without wearing masks or social distancing.

Also, fully vaccinated people may gather with unvaccinated people from a single household if the unvaccinated people are at low risk for developing severe COVID-19 symptoms.

The CDC and YKHC recommend avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, and both recommend that everyone continue wearing masks and social distancing in public and at work.

YKHC is reducing the hours at its Bethel drive-thru COVID-19 testing tent. Beginning March 15, testing will be available without an appointment Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Or you can schedule an appointment in Bethel by calling 907-543-6949, or in villages by calling the local health clinic.