As you may know, since the start of the pandemic, adhering to CDC and local guidelines precluded scheduling nearly all of our in-person get togethers. On May 13th, the CDC revised their guidelines, so that fully vaccinated people can now gather in small and large groups whether or not social distancing is an option. (Masking, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings continues to be recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated.)

While this change in the guidelines only affects those who are fully vaccinated, it means you will likely start seeing more in-person events in the very near future. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Should SIG coordinators choose to host an event in their home, it will be up to the host to specify any restrictions for their home. They could, for example, state that all attendees must either show proof of vaccination or wear a mask, or they may ask that everyone wear a mask to accommodate those who are not vaccinated.
  • For any activity in a public venue, restrictions will be based on the venue’s policy at the time of the event. For example, some restaurants may continue to require masks when not seated and some venues may not accommodate social distancing.
  • If you have any concerns about whether or not to attend an in-person event, check with the coordinator about what restrictions, if any, will be in place and make a decision based on your specific circumstances.

As we have witnessed this past year, we cannot forecast when other changes may be coming, so please check with the event host or coordinator to confirm expectations before attending an activity.

MAM/CDC Guidelines as of May 13, 2021


 Type of Event


Basic CDC Guidelines as of 5-13-21


Will masks be required for a MAM event?



Can the coordinator require attendees to provide proof of vaccination to attend?


In-home gathering with people outside your bubble



• No mask required if vaccinated.

• Wear mask and socially distance if not vaccinated


Up to the host.


Restrictions are up to the host. (Ex. You might be given the option to either show your vaccine card or wear a mask.)


Public indoor venue



• No mask required if vaccinated.

• Wear mask and socially distance if not vaccinated. Avoid large gatherings.


Must follow the venue’s requirements.




Public outdoor venue



• No mask required if vaccinated.

• If not vaccinated, wear a mask around others if not socially distancing.