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New London, Groton drop indoor mask mandates

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New London and Groton have lifted their indoor mask mandates.

The mandates were lifted Wednesday, with officials citing high rates of vaccination and a steady decline in COVID-19 cases in the area.

In New London County, 81.7% of residents are fully vaccinated. That’s the second highest rate of vaccination of Connecticut’s counties.

As of last week, both municipalities had close to the same rates of vaccination — just over 58%.

The state still requires masks be worn in health care facilities, schools and places with vulnerable populations.

Sabrina is host and producer of WSHU’s daily podcast After All Things. She also produces the climate podcast Higher Ground and other long-form news and music programs at the station. Sabrina spent two years as a WSHU fellow, working as a reporter and assisting with production of The Full Story.