Tomorrow’s County Council Meeting Could Push Reinstatement of Mask Mandate to Tuesday, November 9

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The Montgomery County Council, acting as the Board of Health, meets tomorrow (Tuesday) to vote on an amended version of the mask mandate. The changes would reinstitute the mandate after seven straight days of “substantial transmission”, which is 50 or above cases per 100,000 residents.

At today’s media briefing, Council President Tom Hucker stated that if the amendment was approved, the mask mandate would go back into effect on Tuesday, November 9.  As of Monday, there have been four consecutive days where the case rate has been above 50. The seventh consecutive day would technically be November 5, but there is a four-day grace period to allow numbers to be confirmed with CDC data.

According to WTOP, at today’s briefing Council Vice President Gabriel Albornoz said that acting health officer Dr. James Bridgers had been consulted on the amendment to “engage and clean up, frankly,” the policies that had been in place.

The amended regulation states, “Under the current Board of Health regulation, adopted under Resolution No. 19-975 on August 5, 2021, the Health Officer is required to instate an indoor masking requirement for public places whenever the County reaches a status of substantial transmission of COVID-19 (as determined by Centers for Disease Control metrics).

Under the amended regulation, the County would have to be in a status of substantial transmission for
7 consecutive days before the indoor masking requirement for public places would be triggered.
Regarding the substantial transmission status that began on October 30, 2021, the indoor masking
requirement would be triggered only if the status continues, without interruption, through November
5, 2021.”

You can view the proposed amended Board of Health regulation here.

Below is a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 dashboard: 

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