North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday announced the state health officer’s statewide mask mandate will be allowed to expire on Monday.
Speaking during a news briefing, Burgum said that while officials are seeing lower Covid-19 numbers across the state, "we must remain vigilant." The governor encouraged the public to keep wearing masks "as part of the important work that we need to do to contain this virus and to maintain the strong position that we're in."
The mask order initially took effect Nov. 14 and was extended from Dec. 14 until Jan. 18, when it will expire, according to a news release from the governor's office. "The extension to Jan. 18 allowed for a 14-day incubation period to pass after Christmas and New Year’s to ensure the state wouldn’t see a surge in cases," according to the release.
Burgum also announced the executive order that limits capacities at bars, restaurants, and event venues will be modified from requirements to recommendations. This change will also take effect Monday.