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City of GR announces masks are once again required inside buildings

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The order covers employees only, residents are only asked to mask up

With news cases of COVID-19 surging in Kent County due to the fast spreading Delta Variant, the City of Grand Rapids announced Wednesday it would once again be requiring its workforce to mask indoors.

According to a press release, City Manager Mark Washington signed an administrative order requiring employee masking in the workplace beginning Wednesday where work is indoors and maintenance of six feet of distancing is not possible.

“Data indicates that well over 90 percent of recent COVID-19 cases that require hospitalization are among those who have not been vaccinated,” City Manager Mark Washington said. “Our primary concern is with the health and safety of our employees and those we serve. We continue to encourage vaccination among the workforce as the single best protective measure to ensure this is possible.”

The requirement encompasses both vaccinated and unvaccinated employees, and all staff attending meetings open to the public are required to wear protective face coverings.

Community members attending meetings or visiting City buildings will be requested but not mandated to do the same and will be provided masks, if needed.

However, City employees may request that an individual wear a mask when receiving service or ask unmasked individuals to move to an appropriate space where distancing is possible.

No information on how any of this will be policed however has been made available as of yet….

The administrative order will remain in effect through October 14 or until such time that Kent County is no longer classified in the "substantial" risk category or higher by the Centers for Disease Control.

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