Artists by the Lake

at the Lakeview Recreation Center

New Message from the Prez regarding masks


Good Morning, my friends! Several have asked me why we are still requiring masks in the Art room. 
The Executive Board had decided that we would stop the requirement when the positivity rate went below 3%, and remained there for two weeks. 

We almost got there, but the positivity rate is more than 3 times that currently. We have had a 6% increase in cases since May 14, 2021. Averaging 3.4 new cases a day. All of the averages have only increased since the Delta variant of COVID moved in. 
We want to go back to normal in September, but we will have difficulty getting teachers, and I am very sure that most members will go back into isolation as the COVID numbers continue to surge. 

As far as I know, most (if not all) of our members are vaccinated. I also know at least one vaccinated member has had a break-through illness in the last few weeks. We are suffering a surge of the unvaccinated. Most of them have chosen to remain unvaccinated. Experience has shown that they are also not willing to honor the social contract to wear a mask if they are not vaccinated. 
Yesterday, The CDC advised vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates which is all of Arizona.

We all want to return to our normal lives, whatever “normal” is now. We cannot trust that everyone not wearing a mask is safe to be around. Therefore, we are continuing, and will continue, to require masks of everyone. Please continue to social distance and clean your area in the art room after use, Help keep your art buddies safe and healthy!