Expiration order requiring masks in nursing homes and hospitals | Connecticut News

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — People will no longer be required to wear face masks in Connecticut hospitals, ambulatory care facilities and homeless shelters, once a state masking order expires early Friday.

Mask-wearing provisions for schools inside schools are in effect until June 30 in places where a local council or similar authority has required masks to be worn. However, the Department of Public Health said districts will still have the ability to self-impose mask-wearing after June 30.

“We are in a much different place than we were in March 2020 with the tools we have,” said state public health commissioner Manisha Juthani, “including COVID-19 vaccines, boosters , state-supported testing sites, and the availability of self-tests.

“And as we learn to live with this virus and have to ramp up and slow down our preparation, we are able to place these orders which have served a very important purpose,” she said.

The order, which expires at 12:01 a.m. Friday, is from this January and was an extension of previous orders.

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Along with the remaining mask requirements, Juthani announced that two other executive orders will also end on Friday. The orders granted additional time for temporary licensing of registered nurses and advanced practice physician assistants, and imposed rules regarding who can administer COVID-19 vaccines.

Also on Thursday, Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont signed a bill that extends until June 30 four former executive orders that have since been codified into state law.

They address physical distancing in certain gathering places; make the patient vaccination database available to medical providers; the use of temporary nursing aides to help alleviate staffing shortages; and allow more time to send housing assistance payments to people facing eviction who have already applied for the state’s UniteCT program.

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