Gov. Ned Lamont announced Monday that he will end the statewide mask mandate in schools and childcare centers on February 28.
The decision after that will be up to individual school districts, Gov. Lamont said.
Gov. Lamont cited falling COVID-19 infection rates in the state and available vaccines to help protect people from serious illness.
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“Connecticut is seeing a dramatic decline in cases caused by the Omicron variant, and children over the age of 5 have had the ability to get vaccinated for more than three months now,” Gov. Lamont said. “With this in mind, I think we are in a good position to phase out the requirement that masks be worn in all schools statewide and shift the determination on whether to require this to the local level.”
CT Face Mask Requirements
The governor recommends continuing the mandates requiring everyone to wear face masks in healthcare facilities, facilities housing vulnerable populations, public and private transit, and correctional facilities.
Businesses and state and local government offices have the option to require masks to be worn by everyone in their establishments and municipal leaders have the option of requiring masks to be worn by everyone in indoor public places regardless of vaccination status within their respective towns and cities.