As the COVID-19 virus changes, so do the recommendations surrounding masking. The latest information from the Minnesota Department of Health addresses those changes, and new data regarding the COVID-19 Delta variant shows:
Now would be a good time to consider a vaccination if you have not had one. Minnesotans 12 years of age and older who receive their first dose between Friday, July 30 and Sunday, August 15, 2021, will be eligible for a $100 Visa gift card.
Beginning August 4, Minnesotans can verify their first dose and register for the incentive at https://mn.gov/covid19/100/index.jsp
Mask recommendations in public have changed. The MDH and CDC recommend that everyone, both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear a mask in the following situations:
In addition to the above recommendations for everyone, anyone who is not fully vaccinated, including children ages 2 and older, should continue to wear well-fitting facemasks in the following settings: Indoor public settings, around people from other households, and outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Fully vaccinated people may choose to wear a mask in any situation where it feels needed, regardless of whether others around them are masked.