BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (AP) – City of Brattleboro officials are debating whether to require masks in indoor public spaces again due to the increase in cases of the delta variant of the coronavirus.
“We are trying to figure out what is the best way to protect us all, to encourage vaccinations and to keep healthcare professionals safe, while we go about our business and our life,” said the president of the Select’s board of directors, Elizabeth McLoughlin, at the Brattleboro Reformer Sunday.
A special board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday on the mask’s potential tenure. There will be a limited number of seats in the meeting room with seats spaced at least 6 feet apart and participants will need to wear a face cover or participate remotely via Zoom, depending on the agenda item.
The board voted to lift the mask mandate for people vaccinated in indoor spaces in June.
“Windham County has now moved to ‘substantial’ levels of community transmission,” board member Daniel Quipp said on social media last week. “It means everyone should wear a mask indoors in public.”
Brattleboro City Manager Peter Elwell said in a statement that the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is clear: All people should “wear a mask in indoor public places in areas of high or high transmission “.
Board members hear from business owners and community members, and collect data from the state and CDC, McLoughlin said.
âI think encouraging mask wear is beneficial and not really embarrassing, but I’m open to all points of view,â she said. âWe want to hear from residents and business owners. We’ll listen, we’ll have this discussion in a public forum, and then decide. “
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