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Approved city staff may go maskless next week

Social distancing rules also relaxed

 
Series: Coronavirus | Story 351

Last updated 6/10/2021 at 8:49am

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Edmonds City employees can rip off their masks beginning Monday, June 7.

With updated guidance from Labor and Industries, the City of Edmonds announced Friday that fully vaccinated employees are now able to request an exemption from wearing a mask and social distancing in the workplace.

In response to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control on mask-wearing, Gov. Inslee issued a statement that the state would be following that guidance. Local governments and businesses were given the choice to adopt stricter mask requirements if desired.

Fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask in in most situations, especially outdoors.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

• 2 weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or
• 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine.

The following policies have been put in place for City staff:

• Fully vaccinated employees may request to be exempted from the masking policy by completing and submitting a mask waiver form, along with the appropriate supporting documentation, to Human Resources.
• Employees who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask and social distance. City employees who are fully vaccinated may choose to continue to wear a mask and will need to continue social distance if doing so.

"Please remember that people may have different reasons for getting vaccinated or not getting vaccinated, for choosing to wear a mask or not wearing a mask.," said City spokesperson Kelsey Foster.

 

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