A sign on a Portland shop window advises customers masks are required for entry on Tuesday Dec. 28, 2021. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Portland’s indoor mask mandate will end just one month after it took effect.

On Monday night, councilors voted 7-2 to repeal the indoor mask mandate, which will end on Feb. 17. For some, there were hopes for another 30-day extension of the mandate.

That move doomed an effort to reinstate hazard pay for the city’s workers. Hazard pay was placed back on the table when Councilor Victoria Pelletier proposed an amendment to link the higher minimum wage to the mask mandate.

Pelletier was one of the two councilors — the other was Councilor Andrew Zarro — who opposed ending the mask mandate in Portland.

Maine has seen hospitalizations and COVID-19 infections decline in recent days, according to Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention data. However, the agency is facing a case backlog, meaning the daily case counts likely don’t reflect the present level of virus transmission in the state.

Some councilors said they’re interested in revisiting the mask mandate if COVID cases and hospitalizations start ticking up again.