The updated guidance from the CDC regarding indoor and outdoor mask wearing for vaccinated adults is great news, and a welcome sign that we are moving ever closer to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, it’s important to note that the approval to go mask-free in public settings only applies to fully vaccinated people. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, only 48% of Travis County residents age 16+ are currently fully vaccinated (the percentages are lower in surrounding counties).
It’s also important to note that vaccines have only just begun rolling out to children ages 12-16, and there are currently NO COVID vaccine treatments approved for children under the age of 12.
Given the large number of children that we serve, as well as the sizeable number of unvaccinated adults and teens in our service area, Thinkery will continue to require masks for all staff and visitors older than 24 months.
We are all looking forward to being able to greet our guests mask-free and to see the smiles on kids’ faces as they explore and play in our galleries. In the meantime, we appreciate your understanding, your desire to help protect our still-unvaccinated and vulnerable neighbors, and your willingness to help us set a good example for children who do still need to wear a mask because they’re not yet vaccine eligible.
If you or any member of your group are not able to wear a mask for any reason, we invite you to reschedule your visit for a future date when these requirements are no longer in place.