Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control announced that fully vaccinated people who are at least two weeks out from their second shot can go without masks in most indoor and outdoor situations. According to the newest guidance on its website, the CDC states, “If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” The news was welcomed by many as a step toward a post-pandemic way of life. It also, however, confused and caused trepidation among others who were unsure how the new policy would work since people will not be required, in most cases, to disclose whether they have been vaccinated.
Entertainment and cultural venues were hit hard during the pandemic, with many switching to virtual performances and exhibitions to keep audiences engaged while doors were shuttered. Facing financial shortfalls, some larger arts institutions such as the High Museum of Art reopened to visitors earlier this year, but with strict mask and social distancing rules.