Cheshire mandates masks in municipal buildings

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CHESHIRE — Cheshire has joined a growing number of towns requiring masks again inside municipal buildings.

“Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and positivity rates in the Cheshire community, Town of Cheshire is requiring face coverings for all visitors and employees inside municipal facilities, effective August 9, 2021,” Assistant Town Manager Arnett Talbot said in an announcement Friday afternoon.

Weekly statistics released by the state Department of Public Health on Thursdays showed an average daily rate of 11.1 cases per 100,000 residents, which exceeded a threshold of 10 cases decided upon by town staff, Talbot said. She also noted that the town’s estimated average positivity rate — a measure of how many COVID tests come back positive — reached 2 percent, which it has remained above for a significant amount of time.

“We work very closely with Chesprocott Health District … and we also monitor the CDC and Department of Public Health website,” she said.

Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order on Thursday permitting local leaders to mandate masks in public places, such as grocery stores and restaurants, however, few municipalities have gone that far yet. New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker announced on Thursday that the city would once again be requiring their use in public places.

Cheshire’s mandate is limited to municipal buildings.

“We are not mandating for the entire town, as the executive order allows,” Talbot said.

Cheshire’s requirement does not affect school district staff. Talbot said school officials are considering making their own announcement on masks for office staff next week.

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