LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. ( -- The Lincoln County mask mandate has been lifted.

The Lincoln County Health Department tweeted Tuesday night, “Masks are no longer required, but still highly recommended.” They also noted that some organizations, schools and businesses might still have a mask mandate.

The mandate went into effect in December 2020 because the State of Missouri’s criteria listed the county in the category of extreme risk advisory for COVID-19. The order was called "COVID Stops with Me" and required any person 10 years and older to wear a face mask while in contact with other people in public and outdoor spaces in Lincoln County.

The order was supposed to stay in place until March 31, 2021, but because the local positivity rate was below 10% for 14 days it ended on March 9. The health department reports that while vaccine herd immunity has not yet been reached, they are “encouraged by the number of residents who are eager to be vaccinated.” 

"The state's guidance on that has risk categories 1 through 3, 1 being the riskiest, and so that's where we were in December and having moved in to category three and having been there for 14 consecutive days, allows us to stay in the category," said Lincoln County administrator, Brett Siefert.

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