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Posted on: February 28, 2022

Chesterfield Revises Policy on Masks in Public Buildings

County Administration

Feb. 28, 2022

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — With the number of new COVID-19 cases, positivity percentage and hospitalization rates falling dramatically in the county over the past three weeks, as well as updated guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chesterfield County has amended its policy on the use of face coverings by employees in public buildings.

Effective immediately, the wearing of masks indoors in county facilities is optional for employees and citizens without illness symptoms, a positive test or recent exposure to someone with COVID-19.

“Chesterfield County remains committed to protecting the safety and health of our employees and citizens by following the guidance of public health experts,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Chris Winslow. “The virus that causes COVID-19 is still present in our community, but at levels not seen since early last fall. Data also indicates that the Omicron variant is resulting in less severe illness and far fewer hospitalizations, particularly in individuals who are fully vaccinated and have received a booster. All of this is encouraging news.”

On Feb. 25, the CDC revised its metrics for community COVID risk levels and guidance for precautionary measures, including the wearing of masks indoors. The CDC is no longer recommending the need for these precautions in areas of medium and low risk, as determined by the 7-day average number of new cases, COVID-related hospitalizations and inpatient bed usage rates. 

In addition, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) is currently in the process of rescinding its workplace COVID regulations, which include workplace masking requirements. 

Under the county’s updated policy, masks still should be worn in healthcare settings, high-risk congregate settings such as correctional facilities, or when working with individuals who either are suspected of having COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus.

Any employee may voluntarily wear a mask or facial covering as a personal preference, without discrimination or bias, and without harassment by another employee.

Employees also must continue to perform a daily health self-assessment and stay home when sick. 

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