"Assuming everything stays the way it's been it will be dropped on Friday," Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich told FOX 5 Tuesday morning. Elrich says the County's COVID-19 polices have been effective and have allowed the County to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
"It's not a big secret. This is totally transmitted on a person-to-person basis. So the less person-to-person contact you have – or the less ability for someone to breathe on someone else – the greater the chance that you're going to reduce the spread," he said.
Montgomery County reinstated its indoor mask requirement back on Aug. 7 of this year, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's classification for "Substantial Transmission" or when a region has 50-99 cases per 100,000 people in a seven-day period.
In order to end this, the county needs to hit below 50 for seven consecutive days. A drop below - and a climb back above 50 - will restart the seven-day countdown. Below 50 is considered 'Moderate Transmission'," according to the CDC.
Dropping the indoor mask mandate would not change what happens in the school system. Also, there is a chance the mask mandate could be re-instated again, especially if COVID-19 cases increase during the holidays.