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ACC Commissioners to vote on loosening mask policy for county employees

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With new CDC guidance on mask wearing in place, ACC lawmakers are set to update the county's rules on masking for its employees.

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners are set to vote Tuesday on loosening up ACC’s mask mandate for county employees. Martin Matheny has more.

The county’s vaccine mandate for its employees, which commissioners passed last September, isn’t changing. What is changing however, is the rules around mask wearing.

After the CDC updated its mask guidelines last month, county staff updated ACC’s policy to follow suit, and if commissioners approve, masks will only be required for county employees during times of high transmission. Current CDC data indicate that Clarke County is seeing moderate transmission.

The updated proposal also makes a few administrative changes to the policy, including tying any move to reinstate masking directly to CDC data, rather than requiring a Mayor and Commission vote.

Following the special called session to vote on the masking changes, commissioners will have a work session to discuss salary, compensation, and turnover among county employees.

Today’s meeting starts at 5:00 pm and will be streamed on the county’s YouTube channel.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.