(Updated March 1, 2022)
We continue to refine our program safety guidance in alignment with updated recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and changing local conditions
In counties with high community levels of COVID-19, it is strongly recommended that all individuals (regardless of vaccination status) wear a mask when indoors.
In other conditions, the use of masks in program settings will be an individual and family choice. All individuals are encouraged to wear a mask in any program setting if they are more comfortable doing so.
Please note in some circumstances masks may be required for programs (for example in counties or buildings with existing mask mandates). Volunteers are encouraged to work with your Extension Educator for additional support as needed.
We ask all staff, volunteers, and participants to stay home when they have signs of infectious illness. Proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette are also important measures to keep individuals and our communities healthy.
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 5 and older can get the free vaccine in your area, visit our Extension vaccine website: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/covid19/vaccines/
As we have since the beginning of the pandemic, we will continue to monitor state and local health data. We may make different decisions about program mask policies if data indicate so in the future.