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City of Harford lifts indoor mask mandate, mayor says

Mayor Luke Bronin said the termination of the city's mandate is effective immediately.

HARTFORD, Conn. — The city of Hartford has lifted its mask mandate effective immediately.

Mayor Luke Bronin made the announcement Monday afternoon saying the city has been seeing lower case numbers and positivity rates.

"Over the last four weeks as we have tracked this data carefully, we have seen those numbers remain stable, and they are about half of the positivity rate, the test positivity rate and the case rate that we saw when we imposed this mandate back in August," Bronin said.

He added that businesses, employers and property owners can still make their decision about whether they want to have a mask mandate.

The major said the city will continue to follow any state mandates, meaning that people who are unvaccinated must still wear masks indoors and students and teachers must wear them as well.

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"We have said from the very beginning that we would follow the data, that would we respond to the trends that we see," Bronin added.

The mayor said any individual can wear a mask when they feel comfortable doing so. He noted that he will probably continue to wear a mask indoors.

The capital city's mask mandate for restaurants and businesses was implemented at midnight on Aug. 10. City officials reinstated the mandate after rates in Hartford more than doubled in the earlier part of the month.

The measure required everyone to wear a mask while indoors - with some exceptions - regardless of vaccination status.

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Over the last few weeks, several municipalities have terminated their indoor mask mandates after the state has recorded lower numbers of COVID-19 infections.

Bronin said if there is another surge in cases, another mandate would be imposed.

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