BREAKING: Indoor Mask Mandate Will Be Back in Effect Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3

by MCS Staff
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Per Montgomery County:

Dr. James Bridgers, acting County health officer, notified the Montgomery County Council on Saturday, Oct. 30 that the County returned to “substantial transmission” of COVID-19 based on CDC guidelines. This change means that the Board of Health regulation mandating indoor masks will resume starting on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 12:01 a.m. unless action is taken by the Board of Health to amend the regulation. According to the Board of Health regulation, if the County’s rate of transmission increases to substantial transmission at any time during or after the seven-day period, the indoor mask mandate returns.

In early August, the Montgomery County Council, acting as the Board of Health, voted unanimously to require that all residents, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings indoors once Montgomery County became an area of “substantial transmission” of COVID-19. See Board of Health regulation 19-975 for more detailed information. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommendation in July that jurisdictions with substantial or high transmission rates of COVID-19 should require that masks be worn indoors. The CDC defines substantial transmission as 50-99 cases per 100,000 residents over a period of seven days.

Visit the County’s COVID-19 data dashboard to review the latest metrics and key indicators. The dashboard is updated daily by 2 p.m. Find additional information on masks and transmission levels on the COVID-19 website. If you are not vaccinated, find free vaccination clinics at www.GoVAXMoCo.com. If you feel sick or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, get tested. Find free testing clinics at www.MoCoCOVIDtesting.org.

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