Starting on Nov. 1, public officers will no longer be required to wear masks in offices, Deputy Governor David Archer announced last Thursday.

Cabinet lifted the legal requirement to wear masks or other face coverings in public places on June 15 but decided to extend the mask policy for public officers.

“The decision was made considering the high interaction with the public, especially frontline support, receptionists and other officers who give direct and regular service to external clients,” Mr. Archer explained.

As of Nov. 1, public officers will be free to choose whether to wear masks if they deem it “necessary for their safety and peace of mind,” he added.

Government hasn’t published any Covid-19 numbers since Sept. 6. At the time, there were 12 active Covid-19 cases with no hospitalisations. Prior to that, there were 23 active cases on July 24, and 24 cases on July 13, according to the government’s previous updates.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, there have been 628 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and 6.5 million deaths globally.