Massachusetts reported more than 1,200 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, a recent uptick fueled by the Delta variant. Some local city officials and schools are reimposing masks regardless of vaccination status to keep Massachusetts communities safe after this new surge.
In May, Gov. Charlie Baker lifted the statewide mask mandate for indoor public spaces and residents are only required to wear a mask in select places like public transit systems and health care facilities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed course Tuesday on some mask guidelines as cases increase among both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
Cambridge and Nantucket encourage residents to wear masks and social distance amid COVID-19 clusters, and Provincetown will now require face coverings for all workers and customers in indoor public spaces regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. The mandate applies to indoor restaurants, theater and performance venues, bars and dance floors, offices, lodgings, fitness centers, and retail establishments.
Worcester Public Schools may return to hybrid learning as students prepare for the new school year. Worcester Medical Director Dr. Michael Hirsh told WCVB he was concerned about the 30 percent vaccination rate among Worcester residents aged 12 to 15.
Boston Public School students will have to wear masks in the classroom this upcoming school year, Acting Mayor Kim Janey said at a news conference Thursday. The current statewide guidance doesn’t require a COVID-19 vaccination or mask wearing at schools, but several colleges and universities will require students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated before arriving for the fall.
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