As of May 18, 2021, the vaccination rate among adults in the state of Connecticut (including among MPTN and MPGE team members) approaches 70%, with minimal breakthrough cases. The vaccination rate for youth ages 12-16 is rising as well. Real world data show that mRNA vaccines are 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection and over 99% effective at preventing death due to COVID. At least three major studies have shown that fully vaccinated people are not likely to test positive for COVID-19, which indicates they are not carrying it in their bodies, whether they have symptoms or not. COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19. Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are modifying the masking and physical distancing guidelines to match the recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This modification will go into effect May 19, 2021.
    Consistent with the approach taken by neighboring governments in this region, the following guidance is issued for the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation:
  1. The COVID-19 pandemic is still active in the United States and worldwide. MPTN strongly encourages and actively promotes vaccination against COVID-19 as a safe and reliable way to prevent infection, severe disease, hospitalization, and death.
  2. MPTN continues to encourage the use of masks in crowded indoor places for people who are fully vaccinated. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated at least two weeks after the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or at least two weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
  3. Mashantucket citizens, MPTN and MPGE team members, and guests who are not vaccinated, not fully vaccinated, or have poor immune systems (even if fully vaccinated), should continue wearing a mask in indoor public spaces.
  4. MPTN strongly encourages that these guidelines be honored by all Mashantucket citizens, team members and guests for the safety and well-being of themselves and everyone around them.
  5. People who are feeling sick or unwell are advised to stay away from others in public and seek assistance from their healthcare providers.
  6. Employers shall, to the extent within their control, maintain optimal ventilation rates and where feasible, increase the percentage of outdoor air that circulates within the spaces they occupy.