Montclair, NJ extends indoor mask mandate through end of March
MONTCLAIR — Days before it was set to expire, a public indoor mask mandate has been extended by the Township Council through the end of March, even as the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19 has begun to show signs of contracting in New Jersey.
Montclair's original resolution addressing this latest round of indoor masking would have sunsetted this coming Friday, according to information released by the township on Wednesday.
Officials provided two different, updated flyers for businesses to post if they so choose.
There were a few select exceptions to the township's prior ordinance, and two additional conditions are now listed among those.
Namely, masks will not be required for indoor athletic activities where six-foot distancing is not possible, nor for theatrical and other types of performances "while actively performing or practicing, though such individuals should maximize physical distancing as much as practicable," the township said.
The original exceptions were children under age 2, people with a disability for which wearing a mask would present a hardship, people for which wearing a mask would present a risk to their work, and anyone actively eating or drinking inside a food or beverage establishment.
Those carve-outs remain, for the time being.
According to the state's dashboard, 93% of Montclair residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 79% are considered fully vaccinated.
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