Erie County lifts mask mandate for county buildings starting Monday

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County will lift the mask mandate for all county-owned buildings on Monday, according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

The county also announced the vaccine mandate at KeyBank Center will also be lifted.

The decision comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released relaxed guidance on public mask-wearing. New York State’s school mask mandate will remain in effect.

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“The CDC’s Community Level indicators show that Erie County is on the right track in the fight against the virus, and our own information about COVID-19 in the community corroborates what they are seeing. Cases and hospitalizations are decreasing, which is very encouraging,” said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. “With this evidence in hand, the mask mandate in Erie County buildings will be lifted as of Monday, February 28. We are still closely monitoring the spread of the virus and will take other actions as necessary and when possible.”

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here.

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