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Fri Aug 6, 2021, 12:12 AM

Lamont issues order allowing cities and towns to impose mask mandates

Department of Public Health now has authority to mandate COVID tests in nursing homes

Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday issued an executive order allowing leaders of Connecticut’s cities and towns to impose their own mask mandates for indoor public places.

The mandates could include masking inside supermarkets and other retailers, entertainment venues and eateries. Some cities and towns already require masks in municipal buildings.

Despite rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks, Lamont has declined to adopt a statewide order requiring masks indoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that people wear a mask indoors – regardless of vaccination status – in areas of substantial or high transmission.

All of Connecticut’s counties fall under the agency’s definition of substantial (50 to 99.99 cases per 100,000 people, or a positivity rate of 8% to 9.99% in the last seven days) or high (100 or more cases per 100,000 people, or a positivity rate of 10% or higher) transmission.

Read more: https://ctmirror.org/2021/08/05/lamont-issues-order-allowing-cities-and-towns-to-impose-mask-mandates/

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