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Boone County to let coronavirus restrictions, mask mandate expire

The Columbia/Boone County health department does not plan to issue another coronavirus health order after the current one expires.

Local officials said Monday the health order in effect until May 12 will not be replaced. That means the county’s mask mandate and social distancing requirements will go away after that date.

Health officials say the county’s vaccination rate and lower coronavirus case trends are the reasons driving the decision. However, they also said a new health order could be issued in the event of a spike in cases.

“Throughout the pandemic, you’ve heard me say that we will follow the data and the science. And the most recent data shows us that trends are moving in the right direction.

Businesses and schools can still require masks on their own. City buildings will still operate under a mask mandate.

Boone County added six new coronavirus cases Tuesday, and active cases went down to 57. Hospitalizations in the county rose slightly, to 15. Cole County added two new cases Tuesday.

(This story was last updated at 4:36 p.m. Tuesday.)

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