County lifts mask mandate for government facilities
Lycoming County has announced it will be lifting mask requirements in county facilities for individuals who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus starting June 1.
The announcement, sent by Matthew McDermott, the county’s director of administration, said visitors and employees will not be asked if they have been vaccinated.
“This will occur on an honor system,” McDermott said. “The Sheriff’s Office nor any other department will be tasked with policing this effort.”
Facemasks are not a substitute for social distancing, according to McDermott. He said county employees will continue social distancing, coughing and sneezing into their elbows and regularly washing their hands, and members of the public should too.
McDermott said that on May 13, 2021, the Center of Disease Control provided guidance that fully vaccinated individuals may resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic without wearing a facemask or physically distancing except where required by law, rule and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
Despite the change, there may remain exceptions to the lifting of the requirement in certain areas in county facilities. Examples of these may include the county prison and pre-release center, jury selection rooms and potentially anywhere there may not be enough room to ensure a social distance between people.
“Please be sure to comply with any facility that requires the wearing of facemasks in their facility/area,” McDermott said. “The prudently responsible actions we take and the positive attitude with which we face these challenging times will define our success.”