Montgomery County says it’s on its way to ending the indoor mask mandate at the end of this week if transmission levels of the coronavirus remain low over the next few days.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines moderate transmission as fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 residents for seven days straight. On Monday, the county’s case rate stood at 45.7 cases, with the first day it reached a level below 50 occurring on Oct. 21, WTOP reported.
If the current trend continues, the mask mandate will disappear Friday at 12:01 a.m. If there is any interruption, the process of counting seven straight days of moderate or low transmission starts over, WTOP reported.
The mask mandate was reinstated in early August amid the spread of the highly contagious delta variant of the virus. The county council, acting as the board of health, has legislated that the mask mandate will phase out after the county achieves seven days in a row of moderate or lower transmission, as spelled out by the CDC.