Gwinnett County reinstates mask mandate for county employees
Gwinnett County will require all county employees to wear masks starting Monday in response to rising COVID-19 numbers.
Employees will be required to wear masks inside county buildings and facilities. Visitors will be strongly encouraged to wear face masks.
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Mask requirements inside courtrooms will be at the discretion of the presiding judge.
As of Friday, nearly every county in metro Atlanta was classified as a high transmission area, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Community levels are determined by hospital bed utilization, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in the community.
The mandatory face mask policy is intended to protect county workers as they provide essential services to the public, according to County Administrator Glenn Stephens.
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“For two and a half years, our employees have adapted to provide running water, safe roads, emergency response and other essential services to residents,” Stephens said. “It is imperative that we keep our workforce safe to continue providing the top quality services our residents expect and deserve.”