Do I have to wear a mask inside? Indianapolis recommends it again

Marion County Health executives recommend that everyone in the Indianapolis area re-mask indoors in light of federal recommendations that both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals should wear face-covering sites with high COVID-19 transmission.

“This is especially important for those living with someone who is at higher risk for COVID-19 complications,” said Dr. Virginia Caine, director and chief medical officer of the Marion County Public Health Department to IndyStar Tuesday afternoon. “Many of us are tired of this virus, but this virus is not tired of us and it does not seem to be going anywhere.”

Referring to an increase in cases and declining vaccination rates, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the recommendation during a Tuesday news conference and revised guidance issued by the agency on 13 May.

A Marion County Public Health Order Hangs in a Business Window Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Broad Ripple Village, Indianapolis

The updated guidelines also recommend that everyone wear a mask in K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

Caine said that if the vaccinated Marion County residents are unsure whether to take a mask in a situation, they must first ask themselves the following questions:

  • Am I in the same room as potentially unvaccinated individuals?
  • Is it an indoor space?
  • Do I or someone I live with have a higher risk of getting complications due to COVID-19?
  • Is the county’s current rate at an orange or red level according to the CDC?

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