The indoor Mask Mandate Executive Order dated Dec 21, 2021, has been lifted.
This order was put into effect upon the guidance of local health officials at a time our community was surging as it related to Omicron variant and positive test cases. Compounded with holiday travel and the urgency to return children to in-person learning successfully, the order was a local mitigation effort to reduce community transmission.
Our most recent data illustrates that we have now returned to pre-Omicron levels of transmission – specifically, the mandate was put into effect and continues to trend downwards.
I am incredibly grateful to the community for quickly pivoting and understanding that at times, our local actions may exceed those of state guidance out of an abundance of caution. These actions will continue to be used judiciously.
What does an end to the indoor mask mandate mean in practical terms?
- Individual and private businesses may still require patrons entering to wear masks and we ask that you respect and comply with what is being asked of you.
- South Orange Village is continuing to require residents to wear masks when entering public facilities, such as the South Orange Public Library, the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, municipal offices, etc.
As we continue to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, please continue to leverage the guidance we have been provided:
- Get vaccinated and boosted
- Quarantine/isolate when exposed or testing positive
- Hand hygiene and social distancing
- Masking when appropriate
- Staying home when sick
More resources can be found at: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml
Sheena Collum, Village President