Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. – in consultation with Jackson County Health Department Director Bridgette Shaffer, MPH and Emergency Management Coordinator Troy Schulte – is amending the health order to reflect recent guidance from the CDC. The new order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 30, 2021.
The protocols that will be revised beginning April 30 include:
- Masking and social distancing are no longer required outdoors, although masking is recommended with medium to large gatherings.
- Small gatherings, indoor and outdoor, of fully vaccinated individuals are permitted without restriction. Large gatherings are still discouraged at this time.
- All persons, including those who are vaccinated, must still wear masks in public indoor settings.
- Social distancing is no longer required indoors, although distancing is still recommended wherever possible.
“We are slowly restoring some normalcy in our daily lives by doing activities we love and enjoy without restrictions,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “With the science-based guidance of our health department, I am proud of the progress we have made together, as a community, to reach this point. Moving forward, we must remain vigilant in protecting one another from the virus, and we know the most effective way to do that is by getting vaccinated.”
“We thank the community for the sacrifices they’ve made over this past year to help control the spread of COVID-19 and keep each other safe,” said Jackson County Health Department Director Bridgette Shaffer, MPH. “The COVID-19 vaccines offer hope, but we are not out of the pandemic yet. We must continue to wear masks, avoid crowds, get tested when sick, and get vaccinated.”
To sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Jackson County Health Department website at https://jacohd.org/covid-vaccines.
Jackson County residents and businesses can find additional resources and information online at www.jacohd.org/coronavirus, by phone at (816) 404-6415, or via email at COVID19@tmcmed.org.