Beginning June 1 employees and visitors to Lycoming County buildings will not be required to wear a mask if they are fully vaccinated.
The announcement came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on May 13 that those who are fully vaccinated could resume most indoor activities without masks.
“This will occur on the honor system,” according to the county press release. “Visitors and employees will not be asked if they have been vaccinated. The sheriff’s office nor any other department will be tasked with policing this effort.”
The county added that the removal of masks is not a substitute for social distancing.
The practice of social distancing, coughing/sneezing into the elbow, and the regular washing of hands will continue to be practiced by all county employees and highly encouraged for members of the public.
There may be exceptions to the lifting of the facemask requirement in certain areas within Lycoming County facilities.
The decision was made by the Lycoming County Operations and Coordination Cell along with the Lycoming County Board of Commissioners, according to a press release.
“The prudently responsible actions that we take and the positive attitude with which we face these challenging times will define our success,” the release stated.
Some exceptions may apply to facilities: Examples include, but are not limited to: The Lycoming County Prison and Pre-Release Center, Jury Selection Rooms, and potentially anywhere there may not be enough room for adequate social distancing.