ENN Board Guidance for Groups.
The Board wants to provide guidance on safer in-person activities now that many people are fully vaccinated and Jefferson County is moving to Level Clear May 16th. This a quick compilation of the Jefferson County and CDC guidelines that affect our activities as of May 16th. Please bear in mind that the guidelines can change back to a more restrictive level if the county sees a rise in cases. However, as Jefferson County Public Health and the CDC relax restrictions, we will also be able to relax restrictions.
1. Things that have not changed: Good hygiene, sanitation and social distancing in crowded situations are still essential to preventing spread, whether you are vaccinated or not.
2. Vaccinated or not, you are still responsible for protecting others. If you have symptoms or recently tested positive, please stay home. Please respect the judgment of the leader and host if additional restrictions are set for your activity.
3. Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities. Gathering outdoors is now mask free for persons who have been vaccinated.
4. Smaller groups are preferable to large groups. Although the CDC does not define a specific number, Jefferson County’s breakpoint for a small group is 10 people or less.
5. Fully vaccinated people may gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart. CDC recommends non-vaccinated people still wear a mask in group settings.
6. CDC is still not recommending shared food at personal gatherings. They offer suggestions for having food at gatherings on their website. 7. Hosts and activity leaders can restrict the activity or meeting beyond these guidelines. Parameters such as limiting the number of guests, limiting attendance for non-vaccinated individuals, providing food, offering and/or requiring masks and hand cleansers are in their discretion.
8. Activity leaders will inform participants of restrictions or expectations prior to the event. Activity leaders and hosts may be asked questions about the gathering parameters from potential attendees, who are trying to make the best choices for themselves.
9. Activity leaders need to know who has attended the meeting or event, documenting attendance in case of an exposure.
10. In the event of an exposure, the ENN president should be notified and he will provide a letter to the activity leader to send to attendees, informing them of a possible exposure. This letter will inform attendees without compromising anyone’s privacy.
11. For more information, familiarize yourself with the guidelines at CDC.gov/Choosing Safer Activities and Jefferson county website, jeffco.us