Hartford, CT Mask Mandates


via courant.com

Tyler Dyer, News Editor

Mayor Luke Bronin announced Monday that Hartford is ending its indoor mask mandate in the city, effective immediately. Mayor Bronin cited lower COVID-19 case numbers and daily positivity rates. “We have said from the very beginning that we would follow the data, that we would respond to the trends that we see,” Bronin said. “As you know, we did not have a mask mandate over the summer, we imposed a citywide mask mandate in mid-August when we began to see that Delta variant surge and we saw cases rise quite significantly. Over the last four weeks, as we have tracked this data carefully, we have seen those numbers remain stable.” Data on COVID-19 associated deaths is updated once per week every Thursday. The most recently reported total number of deaths is 8,776.
The mandate has been in effect since August 11 and requires everyone to wear a mask while indoors, with some exceptions, regardless of vaccination status. The mayor said private businesses and employers can still require people to wear masks inside. Some businesses, state and local government offices, and specific events, may still require universal masking. Currently, masks are not required to be worn by anyone while outdoors. While indoors, vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks, but unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks.
Today’s action rescinds Bronin’s executive order that went above and beyond state requirements. State mandates, including mask-wearing in schools, remain in effect. Mayor Bronin said he will continue to monitor COVID-19 data and could reinstate the indoor mask mandate if cases begin to rise again. Masks will still be required in healthcare facilities, facilities serving vulnerable populations, public and private transit, correctional facilities, schools, and childcare. If you decline to wear a mask or face covering as described above due to a medical condition, you are not required to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition.