Brookfield and New Milford join some other CT towns in requiring everyone to wear masks at Town Hall

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BROOKFIELD — As of Wednesday, two towns — Brookfield and New Milford— are mandating the public wear masks in their town halls regardless of vaccination status.

The announcements come as towns are determining the best steps forward as COVID-19 cases increase in Connecticut.

Brookfield announced on their website Tuesday that masks will now be required for all who enter Town Hall after two breakthrough cases of COVID-19 were detected among staff, according to First Selectman Steve Dunn.

“As more instances of breakthrough cases and delta variant infections have been observed, and community spread has reached a substantial level recently, Brookfield Town Hall will be requiring all visitors and employees to wear masks while inside the building,” Brookfield’s brief post read.

“In an abundance of caution, we’re asking everyone to wear masks through the end of the week,” Dunn said.

Dunn did not know whether the mandate would be extended after this week, but said after the state report comes in on Thursday, he would meet with the director of public health and determine appropriate steps.

New Milford announced updated guidance through it’s new alert system Wednesday morning, stating that due to substantial viral spread in Litchfield County, masks would be required in town municipal buildings regardless of vaccination status.

Last week, Brookfield fell back into the state data’s “yellow zone” for the first time in months. The color-coded scale denotes municipalities with a case rate of 5 to 9 per 100,000 residents.

“Brookfield is edging towards the orange zone, which is not good,” Dunn said.

Brookfield and New Milford’s decisions follow those of Danbury and Darien, who decided early this week that they would now require masks in their town hall buildings.

“We’re just being overly cautious,” Dunn said.