Mayor Leng Issues Emergency Order No. 10
Requiring Face Coverings in Indoor Public Spaces
as COVID-19 DELTA Prevention Effort
Hamden – Mayor Curt Balzano Leng, in consultation with the Quinnipiack Valley Health District, has issued a new Emergency Order for Hamden residents and business owners, now requiring face coverings and masks compliant with and as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) for health safety protection to be worn by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in indoor public spaces throughout Hamden.
In addition, the wearing of masks or cloth face coverings compliant with CDC guidelines for protection shall be required for all outdoor gatherings of more than 250 persons at Town of Hamden facilities or parks.
This order recognizes those who qualify for an exemption set forth in the Governor’s Executive Order 13A, subsection (a), or not required as set forth in o 13A, c.
This order goes into effect at August 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.
On August 6, 2021, the Governor Lamont issued Executive Order Number 13A providing municipal leaders with the option of requiring masks in indoor public places within their respective towns and cities for all individual regardless of vaccination status. Leng joins with New Haven Mayor, Justin Elicker, in the latest move to prevent the spread of the SARS-COV-2 (DELTA VARIANT) of Covid-19 within the Hamden and Greater New Haven community at large. As there is no Connecticut-wide ruling, towns and cities including Hartford,
Stamford and Danbury, among others, have also instituted this preventative measure.
Leng issued this latest directive after multiple consultations and meetings with the Quinnipiack Valley Health District, guidance issued by Governor Lamont, the State Health Department, and specifically the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recently issued guidance recommending that all people, including those who are vaccinated, wear masks or face coverings indoors in areas of substantial or high COVID-19 transmission. Further, yesterday, Governor Lamont ordered all students to wear facial coverings in school settings across the State due to increasing rates of spread throughout the State and in younger age categories including young children.
Leng commented, “It’s just simply the right move to follow the current CDC guidelines related to wearing masks or face coverings in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. With the Delta variant spreading, and learning just how transmissible it can be to all ages, extra prevention and protection measures are needed. It’s unfortunate we have to do this, and I understand and share the frustration, but we’ve got to run this rodeo again. While we all certainly wish this pandemic was over, it is not and it is affecting younger ages more than any other COVID surge period. These efforts, vaccination, masking and distancing, matter because lives are still at risk. We can help our families and our neighbors stay safe by taking these actions together.”
Mayor Leng noted, “As we have said many times, and is now even more important to remember due to the increase in how contagious DELTA is, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Hamden is following the guidance from the health and scientific professionals and want our residents and businesses to be best protected by following the best practices for community health. This is a team effort, we each have our role and together we can do this.”
Mayor Leng will continue to meet with the Quinnipiack Valley Health Department, and consult State guidance from Governor Lamont and the CDC in the coming weeks and as further scientific information regarding the Delta variant or any other COVID variant becomes available.
Residents are reminded to please GET VACCINATED and to heed further guidance issued by the CDC in regards to booster shots as related to the immunocompromised and likely all vaccinated individuals expected to be announced soon.
For complete information on vaccine clinics in the local Hamden area and Greater New Haven Region, please visit https://www.qvhd.org/vaccine or contact Cornell Scott Health at 203-503-3000.