Henderson lifts mask mandate inside city buildings, service vehicles

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Published: Mar. 4, 2022 at 4:06 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2022 at 4:40 PM CST
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HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - Last week, we told you effective on Monday, March 7, the city manager’s mask mandate that has applied to City of Henderson government buildings, facilities and service vehicles would be lifted to a voluntary status.

That has officially taken place.

Henderson City Public Information Officer Donna Stinnett says that this decision comes from seeing a decrease in cases in the city, state and surrounding counties.

Stinnett says there seems to be a generally positive reception to these changes but encourages people to continue masking if they feel uncomfortable not to.

“It’s still a personal choice,” says Stinnett. “If someone does not feel comfortable, if they’d rather be on the job in a mask then that’s their perogative. No one is gonna tell them you can’t wear it. As long as they’re trying to do their job with the city of Henderson.”

Stinnett also mentioned that since the city provides so many essential services, that in order to keep employees safe, this decision could change if they see numbers begin to surge again.

Masks will still be required on Henderson Area Rapid Transit public transportation in accordance with federal regulations.

The mask mandate has been in place, with some exceptions, since Aug. 2 when it was deemed as an important tool to keep the municipal workforce healthy and on the job during the Delta, and subsequently, the Omicron variant surges.

The City still encourages everyone to become vaccinated against COVID-19, to follow the CDC guidelines and wear a mask in crowded settings.

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