Monroe County votes unanimously to approve mask mandate

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MONROE COUNTY, Ind. — Monroe County is reinstating a mask mandate effective Thursday morning.

The Monroe County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the mask order during a meeting Wednesday. This follows the health board’s approval on Tuesday morning. 

Under the order, masks will be required while indoors in public spaces for everyone in the county, regardless of vaccination status.

The actual order will go into effect at 8 a.m. Thursday to allow businesses time to put up signage.

County health leaders decided on it because of the rise in COVID cases, county positivity rate, the delta variant, and new CDC guidance on masks. 

While you won’t need to have a mask on while eating, when you get up to use the restroom or anything else, you’ll need to mask up. 

However, this wouldn’t impact IU Health, because they’ve been masking since the start. 

At last check, less than 60 percent of Monroe County’s eligible population was fully vaccinated. Officials with the hospital system say the unvaccinated account for 99 percent of all COVID cases. 

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