PIERCE COUNTY —Fully vaccinated people can forgo masks in public indoor spaces under the newly-adjusted Pierce County mask advisory order, according to a release from Pierce County Public Health.
The advisory issued in April required individuals five and older to wear a face mask in indoor public space where a non-household member is present.
“We have highly effective vaccines readily available. We’ve known for a while that those who are vaccinated are largely protected from serious illness and death, but emerging evidence is now also demonstrating that the vaccines greatly reduce the risk of spreading the virus to others. We ask people who are not yet vaccinated to please be honest and wear a mask, and consider becoming vaccinated soon," the release stated.
Masks are a simple intervention to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and are a proven intervention to prevent outbreaks in schools, the release stated. COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets that travel through the air when you cough, sneeze, talk, shout, or sing. Masks help reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. The most protective masks are those that fit snugly against the face and have multiple layers.
The advisory order is set to expire June 4. Pierce County Public Health intends to allow the advisory order to expire at that time, but will continue recommending masks in certain situations in alignment with CDC guidance.
Schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at piercecountycovid19vaccine.as.me or 715-273-6755.