CDC pulls updated COVID-19 guidance for holidays just days after posting it

There are now mixed messages about what is safe to do and what is not for the holiday season.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed updated COVID-19-related guidance for the holiday season from its website just days after posting it.

Over the weekend, the CDC's website showed it updated its holiday guidance on Friday, but the web pages detailing the guidance were removed as of Monday.

"The page had a technical update on Friday, but doesn’t reflect the CDC’s guidance ahead of this upcoming holiday season. The CDC will share additional guidance soon," reads a statement sent to ABC News from the CDC Media Branch.

The vague guidance recommended virtual and outdoor guidance for holidays.

"My guess is that they put a little bit too much of the cart before the horse," said Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett, of Boston Medical Center. "I know it's a frustration for people, so I think continuing to be in dialogue with trusted health professionals is a terrific way to go, as well."

The CDC's latest move adds to the confusion surrounding the holiday safety after Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that it was too soon to tell whether people should avoid gathering for Christmas.

On Monday, the nation's top infectious disease expert made an effort to clear the air on his previous statement.

"I will be spending Christmas with my family," Fauci said. "I encourage people, particularly the vaccinated people who are protected, to have a good, normal Christmas with your family."

Top health officials are emphasizing the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations in ensuring safe holiday gatherings, especially as doctors anticipate vaccine approvals for younger children.

"The good news is I think we're in a very different place than we were one year ago," Gergen Barnett said.

The CDC has given no timeline for updated holiday guidance.