At least one Massachusetts community, Northampton, has reinstated a mask mandate for students attending public schools. MassLive.com reports the Cambridge, Arlington, and Belmont school districts "sent out a mask recommendation to students on Monday."
The Northampton requirement is for 10 days and could expire on May 20 if new cases of COVID-19 begin to decline.
Last week, the Springfield Board asked everyone, especially individuals at high risk, to wear a mask in public. There has been no order to mask up.
During a news briefing on Monday, Governor Charlie Baker dodged a direct question about whether he would consider reinstating a mask mandate for schools or anywhere else but said, "We continue to pay a lot of attention to hospitalization numbers." Baker said those numbers are "manageable."
So while Baker didn't say he would consider a temporary mask mandate, he didn't say that wouldn't, either, which is a clear indication that the option remains on the table.
New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell lifted the mask mandate for employees in public buildings in February and the local schools implemented a mask-optional policy in March.
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