A masked L.L. Bean employee adjusts a mannequin at the Freeport flagship store in this March 18, 2021 file photo. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

The town of Freeport approved an indoor mask mandate at its town council meeting on Tuesday.

The town’s mandate follows Portland, which instituted a mask mandate on Jan. 4, and Brunswick, which implemented its mandate on Jan. 7. The South Portland council is set to vote on a mandate next week.

The mask mandate will stay in effect until at least Feb. 16, according to NewsCenter Maine.

The requirement applies to everyone over the age of 5, regardless of vaccination status, and includes public transportation.

However, the mandate does not include schools, places of worship, and office buildings where adequate social distancing can be achieved.

On Jan. 8, Bangor announced that it had no plans to instate a masking requirement.

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Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.