It has come to the attention of Johnson County Department of Health and Environment that staged events are scheduled throughout the region, in which individuals plan to remove their masks in public spaces.
We want to remind residents that although we are seeing a reduction in the rate of positive COVID-19 cases in our community, the potentially deadly virus remains active. Those who choose to remove their masks in public places are doing so at their own risk and the risk of others, including those vulnerable to serious complications.
“Should you encounter unmasked individuals, you should move away from them,” said Dr. Sanmi Areola, JCDHE director. “As we have reiterated throughout the pandemic, in addition to the vaccine, the most effective strategies to keep ourselves and others safe from the virus include wearing our masks in public spaces, maintaining at least six feet of distance between ourselves and others, washing our hands frequently and remaining home when sick.”
Learn more about COVID-19 at jocogov.org/coronavirus.