Instructors at the Southern Maine Community College in South Portland wear masks while working on a hybrid car battery in this Dec. 15, 2021 photo. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

The city of South Portland announced on Friday that it will implement an indoor mask mandate, starting on Monday.

The mandate will apply to public buildings, including gyms and restaurants, as well as on public transportation, and will be enforced even at establishments with vaccination requirements, the Portland Press Herald reported.

The mandate will not apply at K-12 schools, for children under the age of 2, for those who have difficulty breathing or for people who are alone in public buildings, according to the Portland newspaper.

The city will maintain the mask mandate until the region is no longer classified as an area of high or substantial transmission, based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over a week long period. Once the transmission level drops to a low or moderate level for at least 10 days, the mandate will be dropped, according to the Press Herald.

The mandate will be enforced by the city manager, a local health office and health inspector, along with select people who have been chosen to reinforce the requirement.

South Portland follows Portland, Brunswick and Freeport in implementing a mask policy.

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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.