Face Covering Guidance

May 20, 2021 Update 

Updated Face Covering Guidance from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team 


Following the last week's revised CDC guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors recently ended the countywide mask mandate and the Dubuque City Council has repealed Dubuque's face covering ordinance. Face coverings are not required except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

As these and other changes occur, the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team reminds residents that the CDC's new guidance is for fully vaccinated individuals only

In general, people are considered 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.

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 is still present and being spread in Dubuque County and the incident management team urges unvaccinated Dubuque County residents get vaccinated and to continue to take the necessary precautions to prevent the catching and spreading COVID. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death, and the COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19.

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