The St. Joseph County Department of Health issued a statement Thursday afternoon that rescinds a public health order that required people in enclosed public spaces to wear face coverings in certain circumstances. They are recommending that the County Council rescind the related ordinance as well.
The move was made following revised CDC guidelines earlier in the day regarding mask use nationwide.
Anyone who is not fully vaccinated or does not have acquired immunity should continue to take all appropriate precautions, including wearing face coverings and social distancing, and the vaccine is still recommended by the County Health Department.
But effective immediately, the statement from the St. Joseph County Health Department allows fully vaccinated people to resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal and territorial laws, rules and regulations two weeks after their completed course of vaccination.