The City of Portland is alerting the public to the fact that Cumberland County is now listed as having substantial community transmission of COVID-19. Given this, Mayor Kate Snyder and City Manager Jon Jennings are recommending that everyone wear masks when inside regardless of vaccination status, in accordance with U.S. and Maine CDC guidelines.
“The City is committed to the health and wellbeing of our residents, and visitors,” said Mayor Kate Snyder. “In consideration of the increased circulation of the COVID-19 Delta variant throughout Maine and the nation, and the fact that this new variant is more contagious than other COVID-19 strains, we’re asking that people take extra precautions by wearing a mask inside during this time in order to protect our community.”
Mayor Snyder added, “it’s important for people to remember we’re in this together. Staying informed, getting vaccinated, and following the various recommendations is how we will get through this. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, I encourage you to do so today. With vaccines still only available for those 12 and older, we need to remember there are vulnerable populations in our community.”
As county community transmission levels are expected to change daily, the City is asking the public to remain aware of current recommendations by visiting the CDC’s site, reading/watching the news, following the requirements of private establishments, and when in doubt, masking up.
City Manager Jon Jennings is reimplementing increased mask requirements for City staff in City buildings during this time as well. City Hall remains closed to the general public, and is currently open for limited in-person services.
“I’m committed to protecting the health of our staff as well as the public we serve, and as such we will continue to monitor public health recommendations and requirements and make sure we’re doing what’s in the best interest of our community,” said City Manager Jon Jennings.
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