As you may have already heard, the CDC provided new guidance Thursday stating that fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic, without wearing a mask or physically distancing.
Exceptions to the new guidelines include, where it is required by law, rule, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
On Friday afternoon, both County and City officials released statements to clarify what the new CDC guidelines mean for those who work as County/City employees, and those who enter local government buildings.
The Berks County Commissioners and County leadership team says it is currently reviewing the recent change in the CDC’s recommendations regarding indoor mask use by fully vaccinated individuals, stating their current policies on masking and social distancing for employees, and those at County facilities will remain in effect at this time.
The Commissioners also stated that the County health and safety policies will remain in effect until formally modified.
Reading Mayor Eddie Morán also issued a public statement regarding the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control.
“The CDC emphasized that these are recommendations based on new scientific findings of real-world studies and that local municipalities may keep stricter regulations” said Mayor Morán.
“In an abundance of caution, however, we will continue enforcing face mask-wearing and social distancing in all City buildings and properties for now, including City Hall, all Reading Public Library branches, and all Reading Recreation Commission locations.”
Mayor Morán also said “I understand the exhaustion of the pandemic and don’t make this decision lightly. It is within the best interest of the residents, employees, and visitors’ safety and health. The City regulations will remain under evaluation while new data and vaccination rates rise in the City.”