A few cities in Connecticut have announced they are lifting indoor mask requirements as COVID-19 cases continue their downward trend.
City of Fairfield officials have decided to lift the current mandate for indoor masks with immediate effect and follow CDC guidelines that recommend masks be dewormed indoors and in close contact with others.
First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask indoors should continue to do so. She urged companies to still have the power to require masks for their employees and customers under the governor’s decree.
“I have done my best to guide our city through the pandemic and to make thoughtful and informed decisions for our community. We have all been through a lot together over the past 18 months and the emotions continue to run high. I once again ask our community, please be respectful to each other regarding differences of opinion, because at the end of the day we are neighbors, ”Kupchick said in a statement.
The city of Glastonbury is ending its mask tenure as of Saturday due to a decrease in COVID-19 cases in the region. Glastonbury has moved out of the red zone, although officials say they will continue to monitor data and trends weekly to see if another warrant is needed.
City officials have reported that Glastonbury had 12.8 new cases per 100,000 residents, a decrease from figures the week before. More information is available here.
The city of Rocky Hill now says that vaccinated city staff working in offices do not need to wear masks. However, masks will be required during in-person interactions with members of the public, as well as in elderly and child care facilities.
Rocky Hill municipal buildings will be open to the public for business, but officials say visitors will need to wear face masks. Previously, municipal buildings were only open by appointment. More information can be found here.
The state’s most recent coronavirus data as of Friday showed a positivity rate of 2.16%. There are currently 237 hospitalizations. For more virus statistics, click here.
Governor Lamont is giving state employees another week to verify that they are vaccinated or agree to undergo weekly COVID-19 tests.