The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) moved the COVID Community Level metric for Blount County, TN from “high” to “medium,” which triggers a consequent change in the CDC’s masking guidance for our area. As a result, Maryville College and the Clayton Center for the Arts will no longer require individuals to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be optional, based on the comfort level of each individual.
The CDC recently released this Community Level tool to help communities make decisions about COVID prevention measures going forward. The Community Level tool – and its assessment for “high,” “medium” and “low” levels – is informed by new COVID hospital admissions, local hospital capacity, and new cases. The CDC’s updated guidance provides that most residents who live in a community in the “medium” and “low” categories can go without masks indoors. Those who are immunocompromised or at high risk of severe disease, or who live with someone in those categories, should refer to CDC guidance and discuss appropriate precautions with their healthcare provider.
The Clayton Center for the Arts is still contractually obligated to require masking for The Choir of Man and Croce Plays Croce and may be required for future performances. If this requirement is lifted, we will let ticket holders know as soon as possible.