Beginning Tuesday, April 5, Thinkery will lift its masking requirements for staff and guests during General Admission sessions. During “Low” and “Medium” periods (as defined by the CDC), masks will be recommended but are not required.
From the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thinkery has prioritized the health and safety of our guests, staff, and our Central Texas community. Our health and safety policies have been based on the most current scientific guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Austin Public Health.
The CDC’s new Community Levels—low, medium, and high—with corresponding recommendations for masking. Community Levels are determined by the rates of new COVID-19 cases, rates of hospital admissions, and the number of available inpatient beds.
By aligning our masking policy with the weekly CDC guidance, we hope to be more flexible and responsive based on current conditions in our local community.
- At Low Community Levels, masking is recommended for those who are unvaccinated or at high risk of serious disease
- At Medium Community Levels, masking will be recommended for everyone 2 and up
- At High Community Levels, masking will be required for everyone 2 and up
A full explanation of our mask usage policies for each of the three CDC-defined levels can be found on our website at thinkeryaustin.org/healthinfo. We will continue to support our staff, students, and guests who choose to wear masks while at Thinkery.
As an institution dedicated to science and education, we also strongly encourage everyone who is eligible and able to do so to get vaccinated and boosted if they haven’t done so already. Vaccines remain the best tool we have to help control—and eventually end—the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our Thinkery team is very pleased to be taking a big step back toward normalcy while still observing and responding to the changing pandemic conditions. We are tremendously thankful to everyone for their support and willingness to observe the safety policies which have brought us to this point, and we look forward to continuing to serve you!