Hartford, Stamford mandate masks indoors amid virus surge

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford and Stamford will be mandating indoor mask wearing amid another coronavirus surge fueled by the delta variant, city officials said Tuesday.

Hartford’s requirement will take effect at midnight Tuesday and Stamford’s will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, the mayors of both cities said.

New Haven became the first city in the state to mandate masks in indoor spaces on Monday, after Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont granted municipalities the authority to require masks. Lamont has not reimposed statewide mask requirements.

Hartford’s rules will apply to anyone indoors in the city with exceptions for medical conditions, children under 2, people eating or drinking and office spaces where work spaces are separated by partitions.

Stamford will require mask wearing at all indoor retail and public spaces regardless of vaccination status, as well as outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people at city-owned properties including parks, with similar exceptions.

On Monday, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Connecticut rose above 200 for the first time since early May. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Connecticut has risen over the past two weeks from about 220 on July 25 to about 540 on Aug. 8.


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