It’s official: Montgomery’s internal mask mandate lifted on Thursday

It’s official: The Montgomery County mask mandate for indoor public spaces — which was reimposed in late summer amid an increase in coronavirus cases due to the delta variable — will be lifted Thursday.

It’s official: Montgomery County, Maryland indoor public spaces — which were reimposed in late summer amid an increase in coronavirus cases due to the delta variant — will lift Thursday.

On Wednesday, the county marked its seventh consecutive day of “moderate” virus transmission in the community, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That means the county will lift its indoor mask mandate at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

Under the health regulation board adopted by the county in August, the indoor mask mandate is set to automatically phase out after seven days of moderate or reduced transmission. The CDC defines the average or lower level as less than 50 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days.

Going forward, companies can still require recipients to wear masks indoors, and masks will still be required in schools and on public transportation.

Non-vaccinated people are still advised to wear face coverings.

County Executive Mark Ellrich thanked residents for their vigilance and continued to urge them to be vigilant because, even with rates lower, there is still community spread of the virus, noting one death, three hospitalizations and 67 new cases on Wednesday alone.

COVID-19 “is definitely not over and we shouldn’t act as it is; I’d like to thank everyone for being vigilant and sticking to our guidelines and for allowing us to return to a moderate transition,” Elrich said during an online news briefing.

He added, “There is no secret sauce in Montgomery County – basically, we had a set of rules that keep people safe and people take those rules very seriously.”

This story will be updated.

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