Selectboard Rescinds Mask Mandate; Implements Mask Recommendation

November 1st, 7pm

The Montague Selectboard (3-0), with an affirming recommendation of the Board of Health (2-1), voted to rescind the mandate for wearing of masks in Town buildings and other indoor spaces that are open to the general public, effective immediately. Specifically, the Selectboard now recommends that individuals who are not fully vaccinated wear masks when entering any public indoor location, including town buildings.

The Montague Public Libraries will continue to maintain a mask requirement for any individual entering those buildings, consistent with the previous Selectboard Order. Maintenance of this requirement is at the discretion of the Library Trustees and Director.

Rational for Decision

The Selectboard’s decision rescinded the mask order issued on September 27th and reflects the board’s judgment that the early September COVID spike has abated, both in Montague and in the county as a whole. With respect to Montague COVID trends, they considered three consecutive weeks in which 14-day case counts were at 11, which correspond to the state’s “Green” COVID status level; as well as our most 14-day count, which displays 8 new cases. This most recent week’s report meets the state standard for “Gray” COVID status, essentially indicating a limited active concern.

Regardless, the Health Department and Selectboard Office will continue to monitor and report trends in cases on a weekly basis and be prepared to implement any measures as may be required in the future. The board also cited continuing increase in COVID vaccination rates and availability to minor children as supporting factors in their decision.

Posted: to General Montague News on Tue, Nov 2, 2021
Updated: Tue, Nov 2, 2021

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