Williamsburg lifts mask mandate

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Staff Writer
Published: 3/14/2022 8:37:50 PM
Modified: 3/14/2022 8:37:09 PM

WILLIAMSBURG — The Board of Health has unanimously voted to end the indoor mask mandate in town.

“The numbers are going down,” Board of Health Chairwoman Donna Gibson said of the main reason for lifting the order. “We’re just hoping it’s not too soon.”

The board voted at its meeting Monday and the mandate will be officially lifted Tuesday. Gibson said another reason the mandate was lifted is because the weather is getting better, which will allow people to be outside more and to open windows.

The mask mandate covered all town buildings and indoor public spaces, with the exception of when people are eating or drinking at a bar or restaurant when seated. Despite rescinding the mandate, the board continues to recommend that people wear masks indoors.

“Especially if they’re vulnerable,” Gibson said, “or if they just want to be cautious longer.”

Businesses in town are also free to require masking on their premises if they so choose. Masking on public transportation will still be required under a federal mandate.

The Anne T. Dunphy School, meanwhile, will be lifting its mask mandate on March 21.

Gibson said that there is more evidence that many people have developed long COVID symptoms months after being infected, such as diabetes.

“I don’t want to get some of those long-term effects,” Gibson said. “There are possible long-term consequences of getting sick with it.”

She said she will continue to mask in indoor public places herself and that she believes COVID-19 will remain with us “for a long time,” like the flu.


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