NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order in the first week of August, allowing cities and towns to determine most of their own face mask mandates.
COVID cases are going up nationwide, and the Delta variant is what’s being detected in most of the recent cases. Meanwhile, over 60% of Connecticut residents ages 12 and up are fully vaccinated as of Sept. 1.
Many Connecticut towns have since enacted or announced their indoor mask-wearing policies:
Avon — As of Aug. 10, masks are required at all town facilities, including the Avon Free Public Library.
Beacon Falls — Town Hall and library visitors are required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status, effective Aug. 2. Social distancing is also encouraged.
Bridgeport — Essential workers in Bridgeport must wear a mask at work. Mayor Joe Ganim signed an executive order regarding this on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Danbury — The City of Danbury will enact a mask mandate in public indoor settings regardless of COVID vaccination status. Effective Sunday, Aug. 15 at 12:01 a.m. The Hat City is among neighbors New Fairfield, Ridgefield, Redding, Brookfield, and Bethel in requiring masks in indoor spaces.
East Hartford — Mayor Marcia LeClerc has instituted a town-wide indoor mask mandate effective midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Individuals can be exempt while eating or drinking, when spaced at least six feet apart or due to a medical condition, behavioral condition or a disability. Individuals who fail to wear a face mask or face covering will be subject to a $100 fine.
East Lyme — Effective Aug. 13, masks are mandatory in all municipal buildings regardless of vaccination status. Employees can be unmasked if they maintain social distancing.
East Windsor — Encourages masks when conducting business within establishments.
Guilford — As of Aug. 6, masks are required in all town buildings for the public and employees, regardless of vaccination status.
Hamden – On Aug. 18, Mayor Curt Leng of Hamden signed an executive order for Hamden residents and business owners requiring masks in indoor spaces regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. The order goes into effect at midnight on Aug. 19.
For complete information on vaccine clinics in the local Hamden area and Greater New Haven Region, visit qvhd.org/vaccine or contact Cornell Scott Health at 203-503-3000.
Hartford — Public buildings and private business visitors will be required to wear masks indoors beginning midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 10.
Mansfield — Masks or cloth face coverings must be worn by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor public spaces, meeting spaces, private indoor businesses, and all places of employment except when eating and drinking. Effective August 14, at 12:01 AM.
Meriden — Strongly recommends all residents and visitors wear masks when conducting business in indoor settings. Masks are required to be worn inside city buildings such as City Hall, the Library, and Senior Center.
New Haven — New Haven will require indoor masking at all establishments, including bars, restaurants, theaters, stores, gyms, and office buildings, effective Monday, Aug. 9 at 12:01 a.m.
Rocky Hill — Masks required in all public indoor spaces, effective midnight on August 20.
Seymour — Only requiring masks in municipal buildings, effective Aug. 12.
South Windsor — Town-wide mask mandate effective Sept. 3. People must wear a mask unless seated and eating or drinking in an establishment, vaccinated, standing at least six feet away from someone, or a health provider note.
All private businesses within the Town of South Windsor are required to have all employees and patrons wear a mask while in their facility and following the CDC mask-wearing guidelines.
West Hartford — Local universal indoor mask mandate effective at noon on August 20 until further notice.
West Haven — West Haven will now require people to wear face masks in all city buildings until further notice.
Windsor — A town-wide mask mandate will go into effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 21. The mandate is for all people over the age of two who enter indoor spaces that are frequented by the public.
Windsor Locks — Encourages masks when conducting business within establishments.
The towns of East Windsor, South Windsor, and Windsor Locks jointly urged Friday, Aug. 13, residents and visitors to wear masks in establishments. The joint statement said in part, “We all strongly believe that the situation requires a uniform, statewide policy regarding mask requirements indoors in public places. In the absence of that state-wide policy, we are working jointly to protect the residents in our communities.”
Several other towns in Connecticut are requiring or encouraging mask-wearing at town hall and other municipal buildings. Call your local town hall for more information.