Portsmouth latest city to mandate masks

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Portsmouth Herald
Published: 1/8/2022 12:36:17 PM
Modified: 1/8/2022 12:35:25 PM

Masks are being mandated in the city again per a public health directive issued Friday by City Manager Karen Conard.

Effective immediately, all individuals over 5 years of age in Portsmouth are directed to wear facial coverings in publicly accessible indoor areas and all indoor places of employment that are shared by two or more employees not coming from the same household. This is expanding a city order last month to require masks in municipal buildings.

“Given the current metrics relative to percent positivity and hospitalization utilization due to COVID, the health officer has determined that in order to protect the public health, proper face coverings must be used in all publicly accessible indoor areas and places of employment,” Conard said in a prepared statement. “When the rates of infection and hospitalization no longer present a public health risk, this directive will be rescinded.” 

The directive does not apply to children under 5 years old. The city’s announcement states that decision is left up to parents.

All public areas affected by the directive, defined as any publicly accessible building and modes of public transportation, are required to post notice of the new rule, the manager announced.

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