Updated COVID-19 Protocol

The CDC has relaxed its guidelines for the use of masks indoors for areas of the country that are considered low or medium risk. Based on these guidelines, and the low risk in DeKalb County currently, PAWS Atlanta is revising our COVID-19 safety protocol, effective immediately (3/16/22), as follows:

•  Fully vaccinated staff members, volunteers, and visitors are no longer required to wear a mask or physically distance themselves from others while at our facility unless doing so makes them feel safer and more comfortable. 

•  To protect themselves and others from contracting COVID-19, we require staff members who have not been fully vaccinated and strongly encourage volunteers and visitors who have not been fully vaccinated to wear a mask and physically distance themselves from others everywhere on-site unless unvaccinated staff members and volunteers are working alone.

•  All volunteers must continue to sign up for their shifts ahead of time.

•  We will continue to do adoptions and fosters by appointment only.

Anyone on-site may choose to wear a mask at any time and we will fully support their preference to do so. Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should continue to stay home until they can provide a negative COVID-19 test result. Individuals who are immunocompromised or have family members who are at high risk for severe illness should continue to wear a mask.

We will continue to assess the trajectory of the pandemic and adjust as needed in accordance with CDC guidelines.

We’ve been through a lot together since the start of the pandemic and these revised safety protocols are another step towards returning to a more normal operating environment. The PAWS team thanks you for your unwavering support through this challenging period.


Updated 3/16/2022

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