City Hall in Danbury Issues Mask Mandate Due to Delta Variant
The City of Danbury has brought back mask mandates for everyone who works or enters City Hall on Deer Hill Avenue and it's easy to understand why.
I've chosen to write this article because I'm afraid that friends of mine who have chosen not to get the vaccine will eventually get the coronavirus. According to Hearst Connecticut Media, as the contagious COVID delta variant sweeps through Danbury, Mayor Joe Cavo has made it mandatory that council members, city employees, and the public wear face masks before entering City Hall.
Will Danbury area restaurants soon require that masks be worn indoors once again? In New York City, Mayor DeBlasio stated that all residents would require proof of vaccination to participate in any indoor activities, including restaurants, gyms, and performances. Here is what we know as fact about the Delta variant according to yalemedicine.org:
- The CDC described Delta as more transmissible than the common cold and influenza, as well as the viruses that cause Ebola, smallpox, MERS, and SARS—and called it as contagious as chickenpox.
- The highest spread of cases and severe outcomes are happening in places with low vaccination rates, and virtually all hospitalizations and deaths have been among the unvaccinated, the CDC says.
- Vaccination is the best protection against Delta.
- 99.9% of people in the hospital battling COVID-19 are unvaccinated.
I have no business judging another human being if they haven't received the vaccine for whatever reason, but here is what the CDC is recommending regarding the Delta variant.
To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
With the Delta variant spreading like wildfire and only 49% of United States citizens vaccinated, there's a chance you may need to show proof of vaccination for specific activities.
Already a growing number of businesses — from cruise lines to sports venues — say they will require proof of vaccinations for entry or services. In addition, hundreds of digital health pass initiatives are scrambling to launch apps that provide a verified electronic record of immunizations and negative coronavirus test results to streamline the process, according to the New York Times.