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SNOW DECLINES TO ISSUE MASK MANDATE

(Richmond, IN)--Indiana’s mask mandate is over.  And, Richmond Mayor Dave Snow said Monday that the mandate would not be extended at the city level.  In Snow’s statement, he said that new information, increased awareness, and a vaccine that’s now available to all adults are factors that helped lead to his decision.  Snow also encouraged mask-wearing and social distancing to continue despite not issuing a mandate.  He added that he would continue to monitor and reassess the situation and would consider reinstating restrictions if conditions change.  Even though Indiana’s mask mandate has ended and with the announcement that it won’t be extended inside the city of Richmond, there are still places where you will have to mask up.  That includes any private business that wishes to require a mask of its customers.  People who enter the city building in Richmond or ride the city’s busses will have to wear a mask.  Wayne County Commissioners will likely discuss a extending the mask mandate Wednesday.  Two of three commissioners have already said they felt the mandate ended too soon.  No other area county or municipality has indicated there would be a mask extension.



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