MERIDEN — City officials have announced the reinstatement of an indoor mask mandate in public spaces throughout all municipal buildings.
In a memo sent Friday afternoon addressed to members of the City Council and to Mayor Kevin Scarpati, City Manager Timothy Coon said the mandate, which will include all members of the public and employees, will be effective Monday.
“This will continue at least through the holidays, and afterwards, until the case numbers and positivity rate drops to significantly lower levels,” Coon wrote.
The state reported COVID-19 case counts showed the number of new COVID-19 infections nearly doubled in recent weeks. During the two week period that started Sunday, Nov. 21 and ended on Saturday, Dec. 4, there were 124 new cases during the first week and 222 new cases during the second week.
The city and most communities around Connecticut have recently seen their COVID-19 alert statuses changed to “red,” meaning the rate of new cases exceeds 15 cases per 100,000 residents. As of Friday, the city’s COVID-19 case rate was 41.6 cases per 100,000 residents. Surrounding municipalities had similar case rates.
Meanwhile, as of Dec. 9, 65.75% of Meriden’s COVID-19 vaccine eligible residents were fully vaccinated, according to the city’s latest weekly COVID-19 report, which was posted on Friday. That vaccination rate represented a 0.85% increase over the previous week, according to the update. The percentage of eligible residents who had initiated vaccines increased slightly to 71.68%.
Scarpati urged residents to stay vigilant to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
“We’re taking steps on our end to make sure the public and our staff remain safe while at work and doing the business of the city,” he said.
“It’s important for people to remember we’re not out of this yet. So they need to make sure they’re doing their part — wearing masks, getting vaccinated, getting boosters and staying home when you’re not feeling well.”