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Rilling lifts mask mandate

An illustration from a City COVID-19 update issued in July.

An excerpt from Mayor Harry Rilling’s Feb. 18 COVID-19 update.

NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Harry Rilling is lifting Norwalk’s mask mandate as of midnight today, Thursday, Feb. 24.

“After reviewing the latest data and meeting with our local health department and medical advisors, I have decided to lift the city-wide mask mandate. We will continue to watch the data closely as my administration has done throughout the pandemic and will keep the public updated,” Rilling said in a news release.

Board of Education members are slated to meet at 5 p.m. to discuss COVID-19 safety protocols in the schools and possibly take action.

Rilling’s decision comes after a sustained decline in COVID-19 case rates here and in the surrounding communities, as well as increased vaccination rates among residents, the release said.

Friday’s COVID-19 update reported 70 new cases last week and 17.1 cases per 100,000 residents, a 12.7% drop.

“I want to advise residents to remain cautious and be mindful of the most vulnerable in our community, some of which are immune- compromised or may not be able to get vaccinated,” Rilling said in the release. “Norwalk remains a mask- supportive environment, and wearing an N95 or KN95 mask is still the most effective way to protect yourself from COVID19 and slow community spread. Let’s continue to work together to put the health and safety of our neighbors first, and thank you to the residents of Norwalk for your patience and cooperation over the past two years.”

The City news release also urged residents to get vaccinated. More information is here.

February 18, 2022 Weekly COVID Report

6 comments

Audrey Cozzarin February 24, 2022 at 7:29 pm

Thank you, GOD, and thank you, Mayor Rilling! Enough with the masks. Seeing smiles will yield greater health banefits right now than fear of one another.

Piberman February 24, 2022 at 8:18 pm

With 250 Covid deaths in our City, mostly affecting the elderly and immune compromised, there’s a good argument for the most vulnerable to continue wearing masks. Those who downplay Covid risks ought speak to hospital staff working in Covid ICU’s where even healthy well protected workers catch Covid. One family member working in a major hospital Covid ICU put it succinctly: “Covid is the worst way to die”. Visiting a local Wal Mart readily demonstrates City residents do understand Covid risks. Most are “masked up”. Especially the elderly. We ought take our Covid cues from medical professionals. If our hospitals are “masked up” why not the rest of us ?

Andrew Anello February 24, 2022 at 10:12 pm

The July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence was when a bunch of lawyers got into a room and put in writing what was already obvious to everyone.

Congratulations Mayor Rilling on your courageous leadership to once again declare what was already obvious to everyone.

You could have done it sooner and reduced the abuse of our children in the public schools considering for two years we have conditioned our kids that school is a toxic, dangerous place which they have to go to wearing protective gear or else.

Apparently due to ongoing CDC(=Children Don’t Count) guidelines, the school busses will still require masks due to the dangers that will exist between students in a bus but not a classroom.

Freeeeeedoooooooooommmmmm!

NiZ February 25, 2022 at 7:39 am

Yes Rilling!! Now let’s repel the covid shot mandates for college students and little kids that take effect September, Norwalk district legislators please stand up?

Sid Welker February 28, 2022 at 10:44 am

Just in time for the BA2 variant. This unfortunately will be short lived and now that there off, good luck getting people to put them back on. They are sick of it and don’t care anymore which will only lead to more variants, more illnesses and sadly more death to the compromised.

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