May 14, 2021 Update on Masks
Neighbors,

The following news release was published by Fairfax County tonight. Please take a few minutes to review.

"Gov. Ralph Northam updated his executive order today to align with recent announcements by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The highlights include:

• Effective at midnight tonight, masks will no longer be required for fully vaccinated individuals in most indoor settings. Exceptions will include public transit, health care facilities, and congregate settings. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after receiving the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.
Anyone who is not yet vaccinated is strongly encouraged to wear masks in all settings.

• Employees who work in certain business sectors—including restaurants, retail, fitness, personal care, and entertainment—must continue to wear masks unless fully vaccinated, consistent with CDC guidelines.

• Masks will continue to be required in K-12 school settings, given low rates of vaccination among children.

• Businesses will retain the ability to require masks in their establishments if they choose to, and individuals will continue to be permitted to wear masks if they choose to.

• Social distancing and capacity restrictions will be lifted on May 28, instead of June 15 as previously planned.

• Virginia’s state of emergency will remain in effect at least through June 30.


The full text of Seventh Amended Executive Order Seventy-Two and Order of Public Health Emergency Nine, which takes effect on Saturday, May 15, can be found here.

The full text of Executive Order Seventy-Nine, which takes effect on Friday, May 28, can be found here."

The biggest priority is to get all eligible residents 12 years old and older vaccinated. If you aren't vaccinated, please make a plan to do so soon.

Respectfully,
Walter

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