The requirement for wearing masks outdoors has been dropped under the latest Ministry of Health and Human Services (MHHS) Directive 40-22. Wearing masks indoors is only required when there are 50 or more people in the room.
“It is no longer mandated but it is recommended for your safety,” stated Public Health Director Sherlyn Madraisau of wearing masks outdoors as well as indoors.
The mandate applies to all government facilities with exception of all the Ministry of Health facilities as well as private health clinics. For any other private facilities such as banks, stores, and others, it is up to individual businesses to set their own mask policies clarified Madraisau.
Director Madraisau would not confirm rumors of the new Omicron variant on the island. “We are waiting for confirmation from CDC before we make an official report,” said Madraisau of the rumors.
She did report the resumption of public vaccinations for COVId-19. Vaccinations, as well as booster shots, are now available every Friday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the CHC Clinic of the Public Health, in the building across from Koror Elementary School.
Boosters for eligible children 12 years and older are also available according to Director Madraisau.
Further changes to the MHHS Directive may occur in early April, which is still to be determined.