Staff and wire reports | Associated Press
Vermont’s largest city is ending its indoor mask mandate for public buildings next week after a decline in COVID-19 cases.
The Burlington City Council on Tuesday voted not to renew the masking order, following recommendations by city pandemic response officials and Mayor Miro Weinberger.
“While the pandemic is not over, mitigation efforts should shift to individual interventions, including universal uptake of vaccinations and boosters, continued use of high-quality masks particularly for vulnerable individuals, and helping improve knowledge of and access to Covid treatments,” city employees Meagan Tuttle and Nancy Stetson wrote in a letter examining the mandate and the latest virus numbers.
The order expires next Thursday, March 3.
The Burlington Business Association said a recent survey of its members showed the majority did not want to see the citywide mandate extended.
Businesses may choose to keep masking guidance.
Burlington was one of more than two dozen Vermont communities that required masking after the Legislature in a special session in November gave towns and cities the authority to do that.