On May 13, 2021, the CDC issued new guidelines and recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated persons. Fully vaccinated persons no longer need to wear a mask or socially distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, and except in accordance with any rules and regulations adopted by workplaces and local businesses, including property owners association (POAs). Based on the new guidance, a person is considered fully vaccinated at or more than two (2) weeks after receiving the 2nd dose in a two (2) dose series vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or at or more than 2 weeks after receiving one (1) dose in a one (1) dose series vaccine (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen.)
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What Does This Mean for Common Areas Within a POA?
- Vaccinated Person
- Subject to any local, county or city recommendations, POA’s can consider removing mask requirements and social distance recommendations at pools, playgrounds and other POA facilities.
- If a POA wants to consider requiring a person to confirm his/her vaccine status prior to allowing use of a POA facility, the POA should consult its legal counsel.
- Unvaccinated Persons
- CDC guidance for unvaccinated persons continues to recommend masks, social distancing, and sanitizing at POA facilities like pools, fitness centers and playgrounds.
- POAs should also rely on local, city, or county guidance and continue to recommend masks, social distancing and sanitizing.
As a business entity, a POA may still adopt rules and regulations requiring masks and social distancing.