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UPDATED: COVID-19: Face Mask Update


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Update from 5/26/2021: 

Since the release of our last mask-wearing guidance on Monday, May 24, 2021, we have received questions asking for clarification on the use of masks indoors versus outdoors. Please see the below amended guidance.

Indoors:

  • When meeting with girls under 12: Because girls under 12 are not yet eligible for vaccination, girls and adults are required to wear masks and practice social distancing as mandated by the CDC and local government guidelines, regardless of adult vaccination status, while meeting indoors.
  • When meeting with girls 12 and older: Fully vaccinated adults and girls 12 and older are no longer required to wear masks indoors, so long as everyone—girls included—are fully vaccinated.
  • Please be aware that some businesses and meeting/activity locations may still require masks to be worn inside, regardless of vaccination status. We ask that you follow their rules, respectfully.

Outdoors:

  • While your state may advise you to continue to wear masks outdoors, they may not be required. With that advisement in consideration, we do not require masks for outdoor gatherings/meetings but still recommend non-vaccinated persons (of any age) to wear them.

Update from 5/24/2021:

As COVID-19 vaccines continue to be administered and more and more people are getting inoculated, restrictions are beginning to lift surrounding COVID-19 safety practices across the country. We ask that you continue to follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and your state and local government’s guidelines and restrictions. The following rules are immediately valid for Girl Scouts in our council in Rhode Island and Connecticut and valid in Massachusetts beginning May 29:

  • If girls are under 12 years old, everyone—girls included—are required to wear masks and practice social distancing as mandated by the CDC and local government guidelines, regardless of adult vaccination status. 
  • Fully vaccinated adults are no longer required to wear masks with girls 12 and older, so long as everyone—girls included—are fully vaccinated.

The CDC and local authorities have defined a person as “fully vaccinated” 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine). Please see our Vaccination FAQs for Volunteers and Parents for more information.

As stated previously, so long as you are following all required protocols as they are outlined by your respective state and local governments, and CDC guidelines, we hope you enjoy continuing to meet in person! With mask mandates lifting, please keep in mind that your meeting or activity location may have additional rules that must be followed. 

As a reminder, if you are meeting in a home, you must complete a permission request for at-home meetings in the forms for at-home meetings. Please note that a COVID-19 screening questionnaire still needs to be completed by anyone attending in-person meetings. 

Still meeting virtually? No problem! If you are a troop leader, your Service Unit Manager still has access to your community’s Zoom license, so you may continue meeting virtually. To access the service unit Zoom account and set up your meetings, please reach out to them directly to coordinate your next meeting.

We will continue to update gssne.org/covid19info with the most current policies and procedures pertaining to this ever-evolving pandemic.

Thank you for your continued support and flexibility, and happy spring!

Yours in Girl Scouting,
GSSNE Staff