May 25, 2021: In light of recently updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Walworth County has revised its Administrative Procedure regarding Masks and Physical Distancing in Walworth County Facilities.
On May 13, 2021, the CDC updated its guidance, stating that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a face mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local and business workplace guidance.
Walworth County’s revised procedure reflects this change, noting that fully vaccinated individuals and employees no longer need to wear face masks or coverings in Walworth County facilities.
Individuals ages five and older who are not fully vaccinated and are working, visiting, or conducting business in a County facility are expected to wear a mask and maintain physical distance within that facility when in the company of others.
“The CDC effectively set up a two-tiered system based on the honor system, good-faith actions, and individual choice,” says Walworth County Administrator Mark Luberda. “The County’s administrative procedure essentially does the same.”
There are notable exceptions to the policy:
- Walworth County Jail, Judicial Center, Lakeland Health Care Center, and Lakeland School will maintain departmental mask and social distancing requirements as prescribed by their department heads, oversight boards or committees, and state oversight departments and agencies. Visitors to these facilities should adhere to these individual department policies.
- Walworth County employees providing face-to-face customer service indoors who are not separated by an acceptable physical barrier and who are servicing a customer wearing a mask, shall wear a mask as a matter of courtesy.
- Reasonable efforts will be made to maintain physical distancing during public meetings occurring under the requirements of the open meetings law. Participants and observers of public meetings subject to the open meetings law are not required to wear a mask during the open public meeting, although they are strongly encouraged to do so if not fully vaccinated. Overflow space can be made available to help participants achieve their desired physical spacing. Remote participation by employees and visitors can also be made available.
For local public health guidance and COVID-19 vaccine information, visit Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services.
- Fully vaccinated individuals and employees no longer need to wear face masks or coverings in Walworth County facilities.
- Individuals ages five and older who are not fully vaccinated and are working, visiting, or conducting business in a County facility are expected to wear a mask and maintain physical distance within that facility when in the company of others.
- Exceptions: Several County departments maintain their own policies with regards to mask wearing and social distancing. These departments include Walworth County Jail, Judicial Center, Lakeland Health Care Center, and Lakeland School. Visitors to these facilities are expected to adhere to these individual department policies.