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Ontario County changes mask policy after state’s decision to end mandate

Officials in Ontario County say they are ending the mask mandate there in county-operated facilities.

The announcement came after Gov. Kathy Hochul said that the state’s mask mandate would be allowed to expire.

“Following today’s announcement from the State regarding the indoor mask mandate, Ontario County will be ending the mask mandate in County Facilities (this excludes our Ontario County Jail) effective tomorrow, February 10,” Administrator Chris DeBolt said in a statement. “Masks are strongly encouraged for those who have an increased risk of contracting COVID-19.”

The County will continue to practice social distancing and enhanced cleaning and air handling mitigation measures to help ensure the safety of employees and residents.

“We are encouraged by the continued and significant decrease in cases and hospitalizations in Ontario County and across the Finger Lakes region,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Marren said. “The expiration of the State’s mask mandate announced today by the Governor is a welcome sign that things are continuing to trend in the right direction, and we can begin taking steps to return to some semblance of normalcy.”

Public Health Director Mary Beer said there is still a significant amount of viral spread. “While we continue to see decreasing cases and hospitalizations, there is still a significant amount of viral spread within the community. We urge residents to assess their own risk factors and make decisions about the mitigation strategies they should continue to utilize to help protect them and their friends and family from this virus that is still very much present in our area,” she said.

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