Governor Lamont Ends Mask Mandate For SchoolsFebruary 10, 2022 3:19 pm
After nearly two years of COVID-19 mask mandates, Governor Lamont has said that he will let the mask mandate currently in place expire on February 28th. While he is recommending that places like healthcare facilities, public and private transportation, correctional facilities, and housing developments where vulnerable populations may reside, keep the mask mandate in place he will now be leaving the decision on masks up to local school boards and municipalities.
Lamont cited the fact that transmission rates are continuing to fall in the state with the Omicron spike down significantly and the accessibility of vaccines for kids five years and older having been available for the last three months as the reason that he is able to lift the mask mandate for schools.
Now, each individual school district will be tasked with deciding whether or not masking should remain in place in their schools or not. The change could have a dramatic impact on a “return to normal” for schools which have been upended for the better part of two years. Many parent groups are calling for mask choice to allow parents to make the determination of whether to wear a mask or not for their own individual situation.
Outside of schools making their own choices for mask mandates, Governor Lamont is also recommending that municipalities and private businesses assess their communities risks and determine whether masks are necessary in their place of business or public buildings.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is also looking at current mask guidance and is expected to make some formal announcements on changes to their guidance as well in the coming weeks.