With COVID19 continuing to spread and new variants of SARS-CoV-2 found throughout Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services has issued new guidance for those who are both vaccinated and unvaccinated on Friday. They also issued updated guidance for businesses, organizations, and community services to remain safe. DHS stated in a release that they recognize that some people have privileges and resources that allow them to choose how and when to interact in person and impact their access to vaccination, and that others can’t. They also mentioned that they know many people do not choose where they work or live and that some cannot engage in prevention practices or face barriers to vaccination due to underlying conditions and socioeconomic factors.
For people unvaccinated many of the precautions such as social distancing when possible, wearing a mask and being tested still apply. DHS also encouraged being vaccinated as early as possible. For those fully vaccinated, the DHS still suggests physically distancing and wearing a mask when in public, gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household, and visiting with an unvaccinated person at increased risk of death or severe illness.
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