Mayor Michelle Wu said Monday she has no immediate plans to bring an indoor mask mandate back to Boston despite a growing number of COVID-19 cases.
“We are watching the numbers very carefully and at this point the Boston Public Health Commission has recommended masks indoors, but has not required them,” Wu said, according to GBH. “This information is incredibly helpful in stopping the spread and doing what each of us can do to make sure we still recognize that the COVID-19 virus is still out there.”
Cases, hospitalizations and test positivity rates are on the rise in Massachusetts.
Last week, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placed most of the Bay State at a “high” COVID community level, including Suffolk County.
People residing in “high” level areas should wear a “well-fitting” mask when indoors in public, regardless of their vaccination status, according to the CDC. The agency also advises people to “maintain improved ventilation in indoor spaces where possible”.
On Monday, Wu did not dismiss the idea that a mask mandate could be reinstated if the spread of the virus continues to grow, according to GBH.
“Unfortunately, we are going to live with this reality for some time and that means that as a community and as a municipal government, we are preparing every metric and policy so that we can be ready and adapt to the phase in which we we find. instead of swinging from wave to wave,” Wu said. “This virus is definitely still in the community and we just want everyone to be vigilant.”
Several Commonwealth towns have started urging residents to wear masks indoors, including Worcester, which issued an advisory on Friday.
In Boston, the indoor mask mandate for some public places was lifted in March, but officials issued a mask recommendation last month. A mask mandate remained in place in Boston public schools.
The COVID-19 vaccination mandate for city employees, requested by Wu, remains under judicial review.
The latest available data from Boston’s Public Health Commission showed on Monday that only one of the city’s three main metrics driving COVID policy decision-making — the test positivity rate — was up. above the city’s threshold of concern, according to GBH.
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