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South Orange, Montclair reinstate indoor mask mandates as COVID-19 cases rise

South Orange and Montclair are reinstating indoor mask mandates as COVID-19 cases rise ahead of the holidays.

News 12 Staff

Dec 22, 2021, 4:04 PM

Updated 912 days ago

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South Orange and Montclair are reinstating indoor mask mandates as COVID-19 cases rise ahead of the holidays.  
Masks will be required for everyone in all public buildings and businesses regardless of vaccination status.  
Montclair Township Councilman Peter Yacobellis says masks will also be required in all indoor public places in the town for the next 30 days, ending on Jan. 31. 
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The mandates come as COVID-19 Omicron cases continue to rise with the Christmas and New Year's holidays nearing.
"We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed," Yacobellis said in a statement. He also said the state could still step in and make a rule that takes precedence.
"For now, given CDC guidance, the surging transmission of the virus and the fact that not everyone can get a booster yet, it was important to take this modest step to ensure we're doing everything we can to protect our most vulnerable," Yacobellis said. 


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