The Springfield City Council voted Monday night to repeal the city’s COVID-19 related restrictions, including the requirements of indoor masking in public businesses and buildings, on May 27.
The May 27 date is the last scheduled day of classes for Springfield Public Schools.
The vote was 8-0, with Councilman Richard Ollis not in attendance.
In addition to the repeal of the COVID-19 restrictions on indoor locations, the vote Monday night removes COVID-19 restrictions for outdoor activities and any masking requirements outdoors.
Springfield-Greene County Health Department Acting Director Katie Towns noted that vaccination rates are lagging and encouraged residents to get vaccinations for COVID-19 to help protect themselves from the virus and its variants. Towns estimated the department’s goal of half the community being fully vaccinated will not happen until later this summer.
Currently 35 percent of the county population is fully vaccinated.CouncilMaskMay27