Mask Guidance

Mar 14

Allegro Pediatrics

Mask Guidance

by Allegro Pediatrics

Many COVID restrictions, including the mask mandate in most public settings, have ended in Washington state. Some families are excited by the opportunity to remove their masks, while others feel uncertain or hesitant.

If you are feeling uncertain about the new mask guidelines, it’s okay to continue wearing a mask and creating layers of protection to help prevent infection. These layers include receiving a COVID vaccine and booster dose when eligible, wearing a mask in public settings, getting tested for COVID if you are symptomatic or if there is a possible exposure, socializing outdoors instead of indoors, and performing good hand hygiene.

At Allegro Pediatrics, we believe each family must make their own choice whether to continue wearing a mask in public. We do encourage families to consider a few factors when making their decision.

  • Children under 5 years old in the household: Masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and can protect children under 5 years old who are still unable to be vaccinated. If there are children under 5 in your household, you may consider continuing to wear a mask in public.
  • Immunocompromised individuals in the household: Immunocompromised individuals are at a higher risk for serious complications and death from COVID infection. If there is an immunocompromised individual in your household, you may consider continuing to wear a mask in public.
  • Vaccination status: If members of your household are not yet vaccinated, you may choose to continue wearing a mask in public to help prevent the spread of COVID.

We recommend that our patient families to make a plan that best suits your individual situation and discuss it within your family to help set expectations. Please schedule a Virtual Visit if you have a particular situation in your family that you would like to discuss with your primary care pediatrician.

Please remember that the CDC still requires all individuals (age 2+) in a medical facility to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for continuing to wear a mask in our clinics to help keep our patients, staff, and providers safe.