LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Longmeadow is now the latest town to ease back their COVID-19 mask policies.
Longmeadow’s Board of Health voted to remove the mask mandate for all indoor places starting Tuesday night. The now former mandate is being replaced with a mask recommendation for the those who are unvaccinated to still wear a mask inside which abides by the CDC’s guidelines.
The mask advisory is also for vaccinated people who are at high risk or live with someone who is at high risk. The Longmeadow Board of Health also voted in favor of lifting the mask mandate for their schools, but before students can take off their masks, the individual schools still have to apply for a waiver, being under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education if they can demonstrate that at least 80 percent of all students and staff in a school building are vaccinated.
According to Superintendent of Schools Marty O’Shea, the schools do not meet the 80% threshold for fully vaccinated as of Tuesday.
An earlier version of this story contained information from Dr. Baevsky stating the middle and high school in Longmeadow have met the DESE requirement of 80% vaccinated students and school staff, which makes the schools eligible to lift the indoor mask mandate.