Never Mind: Holiday Season CDC Guidance Released In Error

By Pikesville Patch
Posted on 10/05/21 | News Source: Pikesville Patch

Updated recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding COVID-19 protocols during the holidays was removed Monday just days after it was posted to the agency website.

As of Monday, the holiday tips landing page was removed, with CDC representatives noting that old guidance was posted in error and new guidance is coming soon.

"The content is in the process of being updated by CDC to reflect current guidance ahead of this holiday season," CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said in a statement. "The page had a technical update on Friday, but doesn't reflect the CDC's guidance ahead of this upcoming holiday season. CDC will share additional guidance soon."

The old guidelines listed virtual and in-person gatherings with fully vaccinated individuals as being the safest options for holiday gatherings. The agency also said masks should be worn at indoor gatherings or outdoor gatherings that are crowded, or gatherings with those who are not fully vaccinated.

"Attending gatherings to celebrate events and holidays increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. The safest way to celebrate is virtually, with people who live with you, or outside and at least 6 feet apart from others," the CDC noted in its since-removed guidance.