Everyone, regardless of their vaccination status, will need to begin wearing masks inside county facilities again starting Monday, the county announced Friday.
Schenectady County has been designated an area with substantial transmission risk for COVID.
“While we know the vaccine is effective, we also know that the Delta variant is more contagious than previous strains of the virus,” said County Manager Rory Fluman in a press release. “As we continue to follow CDC guidance, and in order to slow spread, we’re strongly recommending all Schenectady County residents wear a face mask when indoors in public settings.”
Fluman said wearing a mask again is not the county taking a step backward, but following mitigation strategies to ease the spread of the virus.
“This additional layer of protection will help keep the virus from spreading, especially among our most vulnerable populations including the unvaccinated and immunocompromised,” he said. “Masks are a proven tool that can help us contain the current surge and protect everyone in our community.”
This makes Schenectady County the second municipal government in the county to reinstate mask-wearing policies in municipal buildings. Rotterdam posted on its website Monday that it would require anyone entering town hall or other town buildings to wear a mask.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the Town of Rotterdam decided this week that employees and visitors must wear face masks in all government buildings until further notice,” town officials said Thursday in a statement. “We continue to monitor the situation and will reassess the need for masking on a regular basis.“