Worcester Board of Health Considering Dropping City’s Indoor Mask Mandate – CBS Boston

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WORCESTER (CBS) – Worcester’s city manager and chief medical officer will ask the board of health on Monday night to get rid of the city’s indoor mask policy.

City Manager Edward Augustus and Medical Director Dr. Michael Hirsh will ask the board to drop the policy, effective Feb. 18, citing the continuing downward trend in the number of COVID cases.

If the council agrees, colleges and workplaces with a 90% vaccination rate could also relax mask requirements immediately if they wish.

In accordance with state and federal guidelines, masks would still be required in schools and on public transportation.

The city said it has fined more than 100 establishments so far for noncompliance.

If the health board decides to drop the mask mandate, Worcester will join Beverly, Lowell and Mansfield as communities that have recently done so.

Mansfield’s indoor mask mandate was originally scheduled to be in place until the end of February. But as of Monday it is no longer in effect after the Board of Health voted last week to end it. The city is now “strongly encouraging” everyone to continue wearing masks indoors in public places.

Masks are also still mandatory in municipal buildings in Mansfield.

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