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MoCo Mulls Policy Change to Avoid Reinstating Indoor Mask Mandate

The Montgomery County Council will discuss altering its indoor mask policy to avoid reinstating a mandate just days after lifting it.

The council will host a virtual public hearing and vote on the amended mask mandate policy at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, WTTG-TV (Channel 5) reported. Residents can sign up to testify via Zoom on the county’s website.

The council vote on the amended policy would require seven straight days of “substantial” coronavirus transmission for the indoor mask mandate to be reinstated in public areas, as opposed to the current policy requiring just one such day, WTTG reported.

The vote comes after county officials reported the local coronavirus transmission had increased to the point that the indoor mask mandate would be reinstated Wednesday — less than a week after the county lifted the mandate Thursday.

The county is considered an area of substantial transmission if it reaches 50 to 99.99 total new cases per 100,000 persons over a seven-day period or 8 to 9.99% test positivity during that time, WTTG reported.

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