Wilton businesses consider mask policy changes amid new state guidance

Camille Carriero said that residents who attend the outdoors farmers market may make their own choice on whether they would like to wear a mask or not.

Camille Carriero said that residents who attend the outdoors farmers market may make their own choice on whether they would like to wear a mask or not.

Patricia Gay / Hearst Connecticut Media

WILTON — With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issuing new guidance that people in “substantial transmission” areas should continue wearing masks in public indoor spaces, some local businesses in Wilton consider whether to make adjustments to their store policies.

As of Friday, Cate Finnecy, owner of Classically Cate’s Boutique in Wilton, said she is currently abiding by the guidelines she has adopted for some time — requiring masks for unvaccinated customers and requesting that those vaccinated still wear it, but are not required to.

However, she said the new mask guidance from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, which added Fairfield County to a list of areas with “substantial transmission” risk, could be grounds for a change in the store’s policies. Finnecy said she would update her customer base on the businesses’ social media pages about any change once it’s decided.

Meanwhile, Will Maxwell, of Outdoor Sports Center on Danbury Road, said the shop will not change its policy and it is not currently “a concern of ours.”

“At this point, there will be no policy shift,” he said Friday.

Camille Carriero, executive director of the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, said that the chamber does not enforce requirements about mask mandates to their member businesses, but the topic was not discussed at its last board meeting on Wednesday.

Carriero said the WCC recommends, but does not require, masks at the outdoor Wilton Farmers Market every Wednesday, which the chamber sponsors.

“We suggest they follow CDC guidelines,” Carriero said of the member businesses.