- Wearing masks is optional, but bring a mask with you!
- If another member asks you to mask up, please do so.
- If you’re unable to do so, take a break ’til they’re done.
Updated December 9, 2022
Recent CDC guidance strongly recommends the wearing of masks to reduce the spread of Covid-19, Flu, and RSV during this holiday season. If you can get a Flu shot, you are highly encouraged to do so!
While Federal, State, County, and Municipal authorities have stopped short of issuing outright mandates, the message is crystal clear: Keep yourselves, your families, your friends, and your community safe by masking up.
The EMS Board of Directors has given long and difficult thought to how we, as an organization, both should and must proceed. The realities of science and medical advice must also be balanced against both the expectations and concerns of our members
Mask Policy – “It’s okay to ask”
We all know there are members of our community who are not ready for full exposure. And many of us may have respiratory, auto-immune, and other health concerns, and young children at home, that can make continuing to wear a mask, or even asking others to wear them, a fact of life.
In order to support those members in their use of the space, and to begin to knit our community together again through cooperation and compromise, what we ask is as follows.
- Please bring a covid-suitable mask with you, or keep one in your box at the shop.
- If another member asks you if you’d be willing to put on a mask while they’re present, we ask that you do so.This issue has become highly charged, so please do what you can to make it easy for anyone taking the emotional step of asking.
- If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask in these cases, we suggest vacating the shop until the asking member is finished.Please do what you can to avoid stressful interactions with one another, we don’t know everyone’s situation, or everyone’s burden.
We’ll do our best to keep a supply of disposable masks available as well.
Our ongoing response continues to be reviewed on a monthly basis
Important Note: This page is not updated as frequently as we’d like, and we are not healthcare experts. The information presented here should only be used as a general guideline.
Always refer to official sources for up-to-date information regarding mask mandates, and health information
Cited articles and press releases:
- CNBC: CDC encourages people to wear masks to help prevent spread of Covid, flu and RSV over the holidays
- Washington Post: Face masks may return amid holiday ‘tripledemic’ of covid, flu and RSV
- Governor Brown – 2/24/2022 Lifting Emergency Declaration April 1
- Governor Brown – 2/28/2022 Updated Guidance – Mask mandates end March 12
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