Montclair Councilor at Large Peter Yacobellis moved, with Deputy Mayor Bill Hurlock seconding, a motion to repeal Montclair’s mask mandate as of 11:59 p.m. on February 28th, making March 1st the starting day where masks would no longer being required in indoor public places. The mandate was originally set to expire on March 31, 2022.
“As the spread of the Omicron variant, hospitalizations and deaths have come down dramatically over the last few weeks, I felt it was time to bring our town back in line with the most commonly practiced protocols in our region with regard to masks,” said Yacobellis.
The move to rescind the mandate comes as schools around New Jersey will be able to also lift their mask mandates on March 7. On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that COVID hospitalizations in New Jersey fell below 1,000 for first time in three months. Murphy also said the state’s next and final briefing will be on Friday, March 4th – the 2nd anniversary of New Jersey’s first recorded case of COVID-19.
“As we move into our new normal and transition from a pandemic stance to endemic one, there is no longer the need for us to gather at a set time every week,” said Murphy of the plan to end the COVID-19 briefings.
Businesses in Montclair can still require patrons to wear a mask before entering, said Yacobellis. Masks continue to be required on federal property and on public transit.
Will you continue to mask indoors in Montclair after the mandate is lifted?