Hartford has reinstated a city-wide indoor mask warrant as COVID-19 cases rise, according to Mayor Luke Bronin.
The mayor made the announcement on Monday.
The mandate requires masks to be worn in all indoor environments at least until the end of January. There are exceptions for people with certain medical conditions, children under two years of age, while someone is actively eating or drinking, and in some settings inside private offices and office buildings.
“We are all hoping that Omicron’s surge soon peaks and that we see case rates plummet, but with the current numbers, we need to do all we can, even at the margins,” said Mayor Bronin. . this indoor mask requirement back in place now, we think first and foremost about frontline workers who have no choice but to interact with the general public and who deserve any extra protection we have can offer them. “
Hartford will also begin what it calls priority distribution of home COVID-19 tests and N95 and KN95 masks.
After distributing 8,000 test kits to the public last week, the city received 9,000 new test kits over the weekend. The mayor said the distribution will target specific groups to help the city deal with the spread of the omicron variant.
The breakdown of these test kits is as follows:
- 3,500 kits for staff in Hartford public schools, early learning centers and the Hartford Family Child Care Network
- 2,200 kits for staff and residents of the Hartford Housing Authority and assisted living facilities and housing estates with homebound seniors
- 2,750 kits for City employees providing essential public services in person and for Hartford Public Library employees
- 500 kits for the staff and guests of the city’s senior citizens’ centers
- 2,000 kits to be kept in reserve pending future allocations