Face covering guidelines remains in effect in Yolo County

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Vaccinated or not, Yolo County residents are still required to wear face coverings in certain settings, including indoors and when attending crowded outdoor events. The county follows the state’s lead on face coverings and the California Department of Public Health has not amended its mask mandate in the wake of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC changed its face mask recommendations on Thursday, saying people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in most settings. “However, these recommendations do not go into effect locally unless CDPH amends its current face covering mandate,” the county announced in a press release on Friday. Current state guidance requires that vaccinated individuals wear a mask indoors and when attending crowded outdoor events or other similar settings. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a face covering outdoors any time physical distancing cannot be maintained, as well as indoors. There are a few exceptions for those who are vaccinated when visiting indoors with others who are fully vaccinated or low risk individuals. “The updated CDC recommendations do not change anything on the ground in Yolo County,” said Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson. “Yolo County follows CDPH’s masking order, which has not been updated. Unless and until CDPH changes its masking guidance, fully vaccinated persons still need to wear masks indoors in California, including in Yolo County.” People with no or few symptoms of COVID-19 can still spread the disease and the use of face coverings, combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, will help reduce the spread of COVID-19, said Sisson. Residents also are urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. “Current data show that the COVID-19 vaccines protect residents from circulating strains, including variants, significantly reducing the chance of getting severely ill or dying from COVID-19,” according to the county. “All of the COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective and are free for all residents. The more people who are vaccinated, the harder it is for COVID-19 to spread.” Make a vaccine appointment by visiting MyTurn.ca.gov.

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