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Can you eat inside a restaurant after vaccination? Dr. Fauci doesn’t

Dr. Anthony Fauci said recently Americans should be cautious about eating inside a restaurant despite COVID-19 vaccination

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In this Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, file photo, a sign saying “Open,” is displayed outside a restaurant along the Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, Calif., amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In this Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, file photo, an open sign is displayed outside of a restaurant along the Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, Calif., amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Ringo H.W. Chiu, Associated Press

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the top infectious disease experts in the United States, said Monday that those who receive their second COVID-19 vaccine dose may want to be cautious about eating inside a restaurant or going to the movies, Fox News reports.

  • “There are things, even if you’re vaccinated, that you’re not going to be able to do in society,” Fauci said at the White House COVID-19 press briefing, according to Business Insider. “For example, indoor dining, theaters, places where people congregate. That’s because of the safety of society.”

What’s going on?

Fauci said vaccinated individuals have increased their own safety. However, he said the country still has “an unacceptably high baseline level” of new infection, according to Business Insider.

This means people could contract COVID-19 and spread it to others. “Because the burden of virus in society will be very high — which it is right now,” Fauci said, according to Business Insider.

So what does Fauci do?

  • “I still do not do dining indoors and I still do takeout,” Fauci said, per NBC Washington. “I want to continue to support the restaurants in my neighborhood that I would normally go to.”

When can we do these things?

Fauci said during an online Q&A with JAMA that he hopes people will have more opportunities to eat inside, go to a sporting event and more by the fall.

  • “I would hope that by the time we get into May, June, July, that we will have enough people vaccinated in the country that the level of infection would be low enough — maybe not yet total herd immunity — but low enough to say that we can go to a game, you know: wear a mask, but be seated — not sitting right next to each other.”

Fauci also said on CNN that new recommendations were coming for vaccinated people, per Reuters.

  • “I believe you’re going to be hearing more of the recommendations of how you can relax the stringency of some of the things, particularly when you’re dealing with something like your own personal family when people have been vaccinated.”