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Do I still need to wear a mask on airplanes if I’ve been vaccinated?

May 20, 2021

Last week the CDC announced an exciting new guideline: fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask in most indoor and outdoor places.

family at airport wearing masks

The new guideline does not override state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations. This includes local or national businesses and workplace guidance that state masks are required.

Vaccinated Travelers Still Need to Mask Up in These Places

You should understand that masks are still required on planes, buses, trains, and at airports, whether you are vaccinated or not. The TSA extended this requirement until at least September 13th. Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft still require them too.

You Don’t Need Masks in Most Hotels if You’re Vaccinated

Earlier this week the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) announced their new stance on masks is in line with the updated CDC guideline. The AHLA represents 80% of all hotel franchises including Marriott, Hyatt, Wyndham, and Hilton, so this is good news for the majority of travelers. If you’ve been fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance yourself at these properties. It’s probably a good idea to call ahead and find out what your specific hotel’s policy might be.

While things are starting to look much more relaxed, it’s still vital to take precautions while traveling. So don’t forget to pack your mask before heading out for your post-pandemic vacation this summer!

For up-to-date information on your destination’s COVID policies and requirements, check out the AmTrav Covid Resource Center.

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