BROOKLINE – Health Commissioner Dr. Swannie Jett and the Brookline Department of Public Health and Human Services are urging residents to wear masks while visiting indoor public spaces due to the recent increased spread of COVID-19.
Face coverings are required in all town buildings and strongly recommended when visiting businesses, indoor venues and other indoor public spaces.
Residents who have not already done so are urged to get vaccinated. Doing so significantly reduces the risk of significant illness due to COVID-19, including the Delta variant. To find a location where you can be vaccinated, visit vaxfinder.mass.gov.
“Wearing a face covering when sharing indoor space with others is a simple step we all can take to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community,” Dr. Jett said.
The CDC recently announced that it recommends that those in “areas of substantial and high transmission” should wear a mask in indoor public settings, even if they are fully vaccinated.
According to the CDC, the COVID-19 Delta variant is far more easily transmissible than the initial COVID-19 infection. The Delta variant has most recently surged to become the predominant variant – from less than 1% in May to more than 80% of all U.S. COVID-19 cases in July.
As such, the CDC and the Brookline Department of Public Health encourage residents to get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated. Vaccinations will prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death relating to COVID-19, while also reducing the spread of the virus in communities.
To learn more about the Delta variant, click here.