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Fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask when separate from the public and unvaccinated coworkers

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Published: Mar. 23, 2021 at 12:24 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - An updated version of Emergency Order EO-13 is now loosening masking guidance in the workplace.

Tuesday, Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson issued the update that says fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask when separated from the public and unvaccinated coworkers. This is the only change the emergency order that still calls for people to wear a mask in public and practice social distancing.

“It is not of course a requirement, right, that folks change operations, but this is here to provide that flexibility to employers who are looking to navigate this pandemic, and bring people back in person or ensure their employees feel safe in the workplace,” said Claire Pywell, the mayor’s Deputy Chief of Staff.

The emergency order says employers are responsible for verifying the vaccination status of their employees. The updated version clarifies that a “fully vaccinated individual” is someone who is two weeks past receiving their full series of vaccines: two weeks after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna.

“This update was really about insuring that we were aligned with some of the national guidance we’ve seen coming out of the CDC,” Pywell said, “to reflect the increasing number of folks that we have in the community that are vaccinated.”

This updated version of Emergency Order EO-13 is now in effect.

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