All public health orders in Dane County have expired, including mask requirements and gathering limits, as of Wednesday, June 2.
“As with every decision we have made during this pandemic, the decision to lift these orders is driven by data and backed by science,” said Janel Heinrich, Director of Public Health Madison & Dane County. “Restrictions were necessary steps to keep Dane County safe and healthy, and after a difficult year of sacrifices, we are all seeing the results of those difficult decisions.”
Dane County has state-leading vaccination rates — 76% of eligible residents (people 12 and older) having at least one dose — coupled with the lowest infection rates in the county in more than a year. Among the total Dane County population, 57.6% have completed the vaccination series.
“Being vaccinated is the best protection against COVID-19 you can receive,” said Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway in a statement. “I want to thank each and every one of you who have rolled up your sleeves and gotten vaccinated and encourage those of you who have not, to sign up to get the shot.”
Because not everyone is able to get vaccinated, particularly kids younger than 12, Public Health recommends that unvaccinated people continue to wear masks in indoor public spaces. In addition, healthcare settings and public transportation will continue to require masks and other businesses or organizations may also choose to continue masking policies.