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New Fairfield and Bethel are the latest Greater Danbury area towns to drop mask mandates for vaccinated individuals in indoor public places.  First Selectman Pat Del Monaco says the COVID-19 cases rate has dropped below 10 cases per 100,000 population for two week in a row.  The mandate has been dropped effective today. 

But the state still requires masks in schools and for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public spaces.  New Fairfield's current case rate is 9.3 per 100,000 population, with 7 active cases in Town.  The vaccination rate remains among the lowest in the area at 67 percent. 

Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says it's now optional for people to wear masks if they've received a COVID-19 vaccine, though he did encourage people visiting town hall to wear a face covering. Knickerbocker previously said he would lift the mandate when the case rate dropped below 10 per 100,000 population for two weeks in a row. 

Ridgefield and Newtown previously dropped their mask orders for the vaccinated.  Brookfield has put metrics out for when it will end there.  Redding says the order will likely be dropped soon.  Danbury, with a case rate of 6.4 per 100,000 and a test positivity of 1.8 percent, didn't put metrics in place for when the mandate would be lifted in the City.

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