VDH: You can still wear a mask

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Public health officials are reminding Virginians that there is no legal barrier to wearing masks to protect oneself and others from the COVID-19 virus, and that those who are not yet fully vaccinated should continue to do so.

The CDC recommends wearing a mask in indoor public places for anyone aged 2 or older who is not fully vaccinated, and for anyone with a weakened immune system regardless of vaccination status. Although it is not generally necessary to wear masks outside, people who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks in crowded settings, particularly in areas with high numbers of cases.

Masks must be worn by persons aged 5 or older while indoors at a public or private K-12 school, pursuant to an Order of Public Health Emergency issued by the State Health Commissioner and in effect from July 1 through July 25.

Federal law requires masks on planes, buses (including school buses), trains, and other forms of public transportation.

Even when not required, people who are fully vaccinated can continue to wear masks whenever they would be more comfortable doing so.

Businesses are generally free to adopt their own mask requirements. Employees of some workplaces may still be required by state regulations to wear masks, even if fully vaccinated.

For more information, employers should refer to the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Standard and Frequently Asked Questions.

Masks may be especially important now that recent cases of the “Delta variant” (B.1.617.2) have been identified in Virginia. This variant can spread more easily and might cause more severe illness than others.

Although current COVID-19 vaccines appear to be effective against the Delta variant, additional mitigation measures (such as wearing masks, keeping distance from others, washing hands frequently, and cleaning surfaces) help lower risk even more.

Augusta Health Augusta Free Press Kris McMackin CPA
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