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Dr. Fauci Says Don't Go Here Even if It's Permitted

"There are things, even if you're vaccinated, that you're not going to be able to do in society," Fauci says.
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Coronavirus cases are slowing, with experts predicting we could return to some form of normality by April earliest, Christmas latest. But don't think it's over quite yet. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warns that there are still places you should not go even if it's allowed. "We have to be concerned about the mutants," says Fauci. "The best way to prevent that is the implementation of the public health measures…as well as the implementation of the administration of vaccines as effectively and efficiently and as quickly as we possibly can." Read on to see where you shouldn't go—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

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Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Indoor Dining

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"There are things, even if you're vaccinated, that you're not going to be able to do in society," Fauci said on Monday during the White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing. "For example, indoor dining…That's because of the safety of society." Fauci has previously said he only gets delivery or takeout. "Even though I can cook at home, several nights a week I go out for takeout purely to support those places," Dr. Fauci said.

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Dr. Fauci Says Theaters are Still Not Safe

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At the White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Fauci mentioned theaters as places you should not go even after being vaccinated. "If everything goes right, this is will occur some time in the fall of 2021," Dr. Fauci has said, "so that by the time we get to the early to mid-fall, you can have people feeling safe performing onstage as well as people in the audience."

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Dr. Fauci Says Avoid Anywhere "Where People Congregate"

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The vaccine protects you. But it's not 100%—and you could transmit the virus to someone who is unprotected. "For that reason, we want to make sure that people continue to wear masks despite the fact that they're vaccinated," Fauci said, adding that you should follow all the fundamental public health measures.

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Dr. Fauci Says Bars Are No Good for Now

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"Bars: really not good, really not good. Congregation at a bar, inside, is bad news. We really have got to stop that," Fauci said to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee last summer, and the same holds true now. Back then, he added: "We should not look at the public health endeavors as being an obstruction to opening up. We should look at it as a vehicle to opening up," he said.

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How to Avoid COVID-19 

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Follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.