On April 26, 2021, the Assembly enacted Emergency Ordinance 2021-11(am), which reestablished the COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies and provided for a penalty. That ordinance is set to expire on July 31, 2021, and requires the Manager to keep it consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and “present the revisions to Exhibit A at regular or special Assembly meetings for ratification.” The CDC has revised its guidance for fully vaccinated people. Consistent with Emergency Ordinance 2021-11, the Manager has updated Exhibit A and it is ready for Assembly ratification.
Ordinance 2021-22 would ratify the CDC changes to Exhibit A and continue to keep the COVID-19 Mitigation Measures in Exhibit A as requirements. If the Assembly introduces this ordinance on May 24, it could be set for public hearing on June 14, and it could be effective on July 15. The Assembly has discretion to extend the expiration date beyond July 31. Between now and the effective date, the Manager’s changes to Exhibit A would still be in effect, which would allow fully vaccinated people to forgo masking in most places while still requiring unvaccinated people to wear a mask in most indoor public settings.