Health guidelines updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on March 18 gave cautious advice for the upcoming holiday traditions many Christians are expected to celebrate. However, the guidelines failed to acknowledge the holiday they were referencing: Easter.
Instead, the guidelines used generalized terms to reference a generic religious holiday, which the majority of religious Americans don't consider just another general holiday.
In the recommendations, the CDC says individuals should consider attending religious ceremonies virtually, hosting virtual celebrations with friends and family and if attending any in-person events, wear a mask indoors and outdoors if anyone isn't vaccinated.
"Egg hunts can be done outside while wearing masks and staying six feet apart," the guidelines read, omitting 'Easter' from the statement.
While each state has different measures in place to control the spread of COVID-19, the CDC had released guidelines on holiday measures and safe practices for the past year since the pandemic began. As vaccination efforts continue globally, the organization urges everyone to get the vaccine when it is available to them so individuals can "start doing some things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic."