Trumbull relaxes mask mandate in town buildings

A product stall filled with free N95 respirator masks, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sits outside the pharmacy at this Jackson, Miss., Kroger grocery store, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. The Biden administration is making 400 million N95 masks available for free to U.S. residents. Authorities note the masks' offer better protection against the omicron variant of COVID-19 than cloth masks. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

A product stall filled with free N95 respirator masks, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sits outside the pharmacy at this Jackson, Miss., Kroger grocery store, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. The Biden administration is making 400 million N95 masks available for free to U.S. residents. Authorities note the masks' offer better protection against the omicron variant of COVID-19 than cloth masks. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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TRUMBULL — The town has modified its mask policy for town-operated buildings and no longer requires that fully vaccinated visitors wear a face covering.

In November, Trumbull First Selectman Vicki Tesoro started requiring that visitors and employees wear masks while in town hall and other government buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

At the time, a notice on the town website stated the change was being made because “over the past few weeks, there has been a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the State of Connecticut... with the trends heading in the wrong direction heading into the holidays, it is important to remain vigilant and stay ahead of the curve.”

But, on Monday, the town announced that fully vaccinated visitors no longer had to mask up in town buildings. The policy on the town website defined fully vaccinated as having had one dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

A booster shoot of the vaccine isn’t required to go unmasked, the policy states.

Visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask or face covering at all times in town buildings and anyone exhibiting COVID symptoms is asked not to enter town buildings.