Smart & Safe Reopening Information/Health Orders

Local Public Health Order in Effect from Aug. 19-Sept. 22 - Requiring Masks in Indoor Public Spaces for Youth Ages 2-11

The CDC updated its guidance on July 27. The CDC recommends everyone 2 and older, even those fully vaccinated, to wear masks in indoor public spaces. It also recommends that everyone in K-12 schools wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

The Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a local public health order that requires youth ages 2-11 to wear a face covering when inside a public space in Douglas County with exceptions. Exceptions include medical and mental health conditions, disabilities and religious activities. The order will be in effect from Aug. 19 until Sept. 22 unless it is otherwise rescinded or modified by the County Commission.

Read the full Aug. 19 Local Public Health Order

Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health strongly recommends wearing a mask when indoors or outdoors in public and unable to distance, especially for those who are not fully vaccinated or immunocompromised. 

DgCo Guidelines_updated Aug 19

Other Guidance/Info:

Everyone 2 and older, even those fully vaccinated, wear masks in indoor public spaces, including K-12 schools to reduce COVID transmission.

Everyone eligible for the COVID vaccine, individuals 12 and older, make a vaccine appointment,, if they have not yet and complete the vaccine series

Practice good hygiene, including proper hand washing, and social distancing in public to limit potential chances for transmission and exposure.

Anyone experiencing potential COVID symptoms to stay home from work or school and seek a COVID test.

Schools to follow updated KDHE guidance for the 2021-22 school year, and look at strategies to encourage vaccinations and testing protocols that can help limit time lost in the classroom due to quarantine situations.

LDCPH has also developed the new Smart & Safe COVID Transmission Indicator tool, to help community members understand the level of COVID-19 transmission and make decisions for themselves and their families on how to mitigate risk

  • Read the full guidance
  • COVID Guidance by Sector
  • Restaurants and Bars
  • Grocery Stores and Retail 
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Meetings and Gatherings
  • Libraries
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Smart & Safe: Community Transmission Indicator

Community Transmission Indicator

CDC recommends a layered strategy to reduce exposures to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This includes using multiple mitigation strategies with several layers of safeguards to reduce the spread of disease and lower the risk of exposure. In addition to ventilation, the layered approach includes efforts to improve social distancing, wearing face masks, and hand hygiene.

Consider ventilation system upgrades or improvements and other steps to increase the delivery of clean air and dilute potential contaminants. Read the full CDC guidance for more.

Ventilation improvements may include some or all of the following considerations:

  1. Increase outdoor air ventilation, using caution in highly polluted areas.
  2. When weather conditions allow, increase fresh outdoor air by opening windows and doors. Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk (e.g., risk of falling, triggering asthma symptoms) to occupants in the building.
  3. Use fans to increase the effectiveness of open windows. To safely achieve this, fan placement is important and will vary based on room configuration. One helpful strategy is to use a window fan, placed safely and securely in a window, to exhaust room air to the outdoors. This will help draw fresh air into room via other open windows and doors without generating strong room air currents.
  4. Decrease occupancy in areas where outdoor ventilation cannot be increased.
  5. Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and provide acceptable indoor air quality for the current occupancy level for each space.
  6. Increase airflow to occupied spaces when possible.