Wisconsin DHS approves updated CDC guidelines, says mask requirement no longer necessary for fully vaccinated people

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MADISON, Wis. — The state Department of Health Services says fully vaccinated people can resume normal activities without the use of masks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidance Thursday which states those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can shed their facemasks in most situations.

Despite the DHS echoing the CDC’s recommendations, Dane County’s public health order requiring masks remains in effect until further notice.

Health officials said fully vaccinated people also no longer need to get tested after being exposed to COVID unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter.

“This new guidance for fully vaccinated people is an exciting step forward,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake “The science is clear: if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic. For vaccinated people, this means returning to the Wisconsin way of life we all enjoy.”

Someone is considered fully vaccinated if two or more weeks have passed after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.

The DHS said mask wearing should still be required in the following places:

  • health care settings
  • K-12 schools
  • correctional and detention facilities
  • homeless shelters
  • public transportation
  • places where masks are required by local or tribal health laws, rules, and regulations, including local businesses and workplaces