COVID POLICY UPDATE
We are monitoring the impact of the Delta variant and the recommendations of the CDC as well as directives from the Governor. The CDC recently updated its guidance on masks as follows:
To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
Middlesex County, like most of Massachusetts, is rated as having “substantial” transmission. (The majority of U.S. is rated as “high transmission.”) Below is the criteria the CDC is using:
The guidance on masks from the state government is as follows:
The Department of Public Health issued a public health advisory effective July 30 that advises all unvaccinated residents to continue to wear masks in indoor settings and when they can’t socially distance. The advisory also recommends that vaccinated residents who are at increased risk from COVID-19, or who live with someone at increased risk, should wear a face covering indoors . . .
So, while the CDC is recommending most vaccinated individuals wear a mask indoors, Massachusetts authorities are only recommending indoor masking for vaccinated individuals at increased risk or who are living with someone at increased risk. At Acton Coffee House, we continue to require those who are unvaccinated to wear a mask inside the cafe. If you are fully vaccinated, we strongly recommend you wear a mask in the cafe.
For your consideration, below are recent data (as of 10/13/21) from the CDC for Middlesex County: vaccination, case, and death numbers. For a wealth of data from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, go here.