New Haven mayor issues indoor mask mandate

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker announced Friday that an indoor mask mandate will go in effect Monday in the city regardless of vaccination status.
The policy applies to indoor establishments such as bars, restaurants, theaters and office buildings.
The mandate comes following Gov. Ned Lamont's executive order that allows municipalities to enact COVID-19 mitigation measures amid the increase of delta variant cases.
Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling reached out to the governor's office to encourage a statewide approach regarding masks instead as it may be difficult to follow the different approaches from place to place in Connecticut.
The first selectwomen of Darien and Fairfield tell News 12 they agree having local control over deciding to put a mask mandate in place is best, especially since cases vary from town to town.
The mayor of Stamford announced a mandate requiring all city employees be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing, while Bridgeport says mask and city COVID-19 protocols will be announced Monday.
Health Director Maritza Bond says nearly two-thirds of New Haven residents are now vaccinated, but vaccination still lags among younger residents and thousands of others who are below the 12-year-old eligibility threshold.
Bond urged residents who have not received their COVID-19 vaccine to get inoculated.
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