NORRISTOWN, PA — With the vaccination rate rising and COVID numbers continuing to plummet in Montgomery County, an important mitigation measure has been lifted.
The county will no longer require participants in school sports or any other “high exertion” outdoor activities to wear masks, officials announced Wednesday. The new guidance goes into effect on Friday, May 14.
Masking guidance remains unchanged in other outdoor situations where social distancing is impossible, such as in close quarters in the stands or on the sidelines of athletic events, or when at any kind of gathering with a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Montgomery County’s guidelines are in line with what both the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health advise.
There is no change to the existing indoor masking guidance. Gov. Wolf has said that the mask mandate will be the final coronavirus mitigation measure to be lifted, once 70 percent of the state’s adult population is vaccinated.
The current estimate is that the 70 percent mark could be reached in Pennsylvania by the end of June. All other mitigation measures, such as event capacities and restrictions on restaurants, will be lifted on Memorial Day.