Today, Dr. James Bridgers, acting Montgomery County Health Officer, announced the County will lift its mask and face covering mandate after it achieved seven consecutive days of moderate transmission of COVID-19. The transmission benchmark was set by the Montgomery County Board of Health as a precondition to lifting the mandate on August 5th.
County Executive Marc Elrich said the following in a press release:
“The lifting of our indoor mask mandate is a significant achievement for Montgomery County and its residents… We got here because the people and businesses of this County accepted and adhered to the guidance we provided. Even though the mandate has been lifted, I will continue to wear a mask indoors and while in crowded outdoor settings because wearing a mask, as well as being fully vaccinated, are the best ways to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.”
The County will still allow businesses and other organizations to require customers or visitors to wear a mask in their establishments. Moreover, the County is strongly recommending that all staff and visitors in County Government offices and facilities continue to wear a mask/face covering in publicly accessible areas. This will not impact Montgomery County Public Schools, whose mask and face covering policies are set by the state.