In August 2021, the Town of Bloomfield issued Emergency Order No. 2021-1, which implemented a universal mask mandate for the Town of Bloomfield due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19. That Order stated the following:
- Any person in an indoor public place in Bloomfield who does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering, unless they are exempt from such requirement under the Governor’s Executive Order No. 13A. This order shall not apply to any residential dwelling.
- Pursuant to Executive Order No. 13A issued by Governor Lamont,
- Any person who fails to wear a mask or cloth-face covering as required herein, other than a person who qualifies for exemption, shall be guilty of a violation and fined one hundred dollars. An employer, rather than the employee, is liable for the fine for any employee's failure to wear a required mask or cloth-face covering while at work.
- In any case in which a person is charged with a violation pursuant to this Order, the procedures set forth in Connecticut General Statutes shall apply for the issuance of a State Infraction for the fine of $100 in violation of statue.
Since that issuance in August, the Town has been in continual consultation with the Director of the West Hartford - Bloomfield Health District. It has been determined that a universal mask mandate is no longer necessary due to the fact that the Town of Bloomfield has a high vaccination rate, and regional case infection rates have dropped dramatically and continues to trend in a favorable direction.
Therefore Stanley D. Hawthorne, the Bloomfield Town Manager, has issued an order to repeal Bloomfield’s Emergency Order No. 2021-1 as of October 23, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.