The Newtown Legislative Council has extended First Selectman Dan Rosenthal's emergency order requiring masks indoors in public places regardless of vaccine status. The local state of emergency would have only lasted five days, but the Council voted 9 to 3 to keep the mandate in place until they revisit the order at their October 6th meeting. Rosenthal can rescind the order before that time. The mandate was put in place August 30th when Newtown was classified as being in the state Department of Public Health red zone for having more than 15 cases per 100-thousand population over the last two weeks. Health District Director Donna Culbert told the Council that people have gotten lax in social distancing and minimizing exposure to crowds.