(Updated August 5, 2021)
As we learn more about the more infectious Delta variant of COVID-19, we continue to refine our program safety guidance in alignment with updated recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
For all Extension programs, we ask that individuals who are not fully vaccinated, including all youth under 12, wear a proper-fitting mask indoors.
In counties where there is substantial or high transmission, it is strongly recommended that all individuals (regardless of vaccination status) wear a mask when indoors.
In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors.
Although these are recommendations for all youth programs, in some circumstances masks may be required for programs (for example where youth are particularly vulnerable.) Accommodations for individual health situations can also be requested.
All individuals are encouraged to wear a mask in any program setting, indoor or outdoor, if they are more comfortable doing so.
While there is no limit on size of indoor or outdoor gatherings, maintaining 6 feet of physical distance from individuals outside your immediate household is highly recommended as a way to further reduce transmission risk. Proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette are also important measures to keep individuals and our communities healthy.
We continue to require all staff, volunteers, and participants to stay home when they have signs of infectious illness.
All Extension staff, volunteers and programs should continue to follow local public health guidance in addition to Extension guidance.
Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn the facts about available vaccines and where everyone aged 12 and older can get the free vaccine in your area, visit our Extension vaccine website: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/covid19/vaccines/