July 30 update from MA DPH on masks

Effective July 30, the Department of Public Health has issued a new mask advisory in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance. Fully vaccinated individuals are advised to wear a mask or face covering when indoors outside of your home if you have a weakened immune system, are at increased risk for COVID-19 or if someone in your household is at increased risk or unvaccinated. Masks are still mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, commuter rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.

Mask advisory for vaccinated and unvaccinated residents

The Department of Public Health issued a public health advisory effective July 30 that advises all unvaccinated residents to continue to wear masks in indoor settings and when they can’t socially distance.  The advisory also recommends that vaccinated residents who are at increased risk from COVID-19, or who live with someone at increased risk, should wear a face covering indoors (other than in their home).

This information will be updated on the webpage https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-mask-requirements

Also, please find attached guidance regarding face covering recommendations for schools – Fall 2021.  https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/on-desktop/2021-0730fall-2021-covid19-guidance.pdf