Updated July 30, 2021
Public Health Best Practices
The best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from a COVID-19 infection, including the highly-transmissible Delta Variant, which has been detected in Weston and widely across Massachusetts and the U.S., are to:
- Get vaccinated - available to everyone aged 12 and older
- Wear a mask - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued a new mask advisory on July 30, effective immediately, considering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) updated guidance on July 29.
Please Note: The Commonwealth’s mask order was rescinded on May 29, 2021. Mask advisory exemptions are outlined on Mass.gov.
- Unvaccinated and not yet fully vaccinated individuals under the age of 5 are advised by the Department of Public Health to continue to wear a mask in indoor public places and when they can’t socially distance.
- Fully vaccinated individuals are advised to wear a mask or face covering when indoors outside of your home if you have a weakened immune system, are at increased risk for COVID-19, or if someone in your household is at increased risk or unvaccinated.
- Masks are still mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail, school busses and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.
- Details around masking and return to the classroom for K-12 schools for the 2021-2022 school year will be forthcoming. The Department of Education/DPH as issued joint guidance for Districts and Schools and the latest CDC K-12 School Guidance is being digested at the local level with stressed importance on all students returning to full-time, in-person school this fall. Staff and students in the Weston Public Schools Extended Summer Learning (ESY) program are advised to continue to wear a mask inside any school buildings, regardless of vaccination status.
- Seek testing - if you are symptomatic or have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
- If you are traveling, follow CDC travel advice
- If you are fully vaccinated, monitor COVID-19 case data where you are traveling and wear a mask indoors in public settings where there is local high and moderate transmission of COVID-19, or as local ordinance dictates
- If you are unvaccinated the CDC is not recommending domestic or international travel at this time
- Activate MassNotify on your smartphone - This private and anonymous service notifies users of a potential exposure to COVID-19 so they may take the appropriate precautions
- Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer
Find the weekly dashboard of testing and positive case numbers for Weston, updated weekly on Fridays.
Weston's vaccination data, broken out by age group and status.
Find links to mental, health, and human resources for individuals impacted by the ongoing pandemic.
Find the typical services offered by Weston's Health Department
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