COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
On May 13, the CDC announced that fully-vaccinated people are safe to remove their masks in most settings.
Following this guidance, and in close consultation with our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Peter Paige, I am updating our County COVID policy: we will no longer mandate but recommend people wear a mask and social distance at Miami-Dade County facilities.
Masks are still required at the Airport, Port, and on public transit per federal guidelines
There have been many times throughout the pandemic when it felt impossible to know what the future would hold. Today, we finally see the light at the end of the long tunnel. The new CDC guidance is the clearest sign yet that getting vaccinated is truly the way back to normal – to getting back to doing all the things we love, with the people we love.
However – only 50 percent of our community age 16+ has been vaccinated and since we don't know who has been vaccinated and who hasn't, we urge you to practice common sense and continue following masking and other precautions if you have not been vaccinated. I also urge anyone in a high-risk field or who is medically vulnerable to continue following all COVID safety guidelines.
We never could have reached this landmark day without the strength and sacrifice of our community. And we will continue working harder than ever in the days ahead to continue making vaccines more accessible across Miami-Dade.
If you haven't received the shot yet, head to miamidade.gov/vaccine and make a plan to get vaccinated. Doing so means you can finally take off the mask and fully return to normal life.
Let's cross the finish line together.