SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The mask mandate has ended, and here is what Massachusetts’ residents need to know moving forward.
“It’s kind of like a security blanket for me. I think that its going to take a couple of months, I think we are going to be seeing people wearing masks for a while still,” said Mya Daubrand of Greenfield.
The state is now in alignment with the CDC’s updated mask guidelines, which means there will be no need for face coverings in indoor and outdoor public settings including many grocery stores, offices, restaurants and gyms. People no longer need to wear a mask or social distance indoors or outdoors except for in certain situations.
Non-vaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing face masks and to social distance in most settings.
“I’ve been fully vaccinated for a while now. You know, I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s face, but also wanting to be respectful of everyone’s requirements for each individual’s business,” said Jody Truswell of Southampton.
Now while the state is lifting almost all restrictions, that mask mandate is still going to apply in some high-traffic areas. People will still need to wear a mask on public transportation, in schools, and hospitals. Those exempted from mask wearing requirements include children 5 years old and younger. It also includes people with a health risk associated with mask wearing.
Private businesses can still require you to wear a mask inside of their businesses. However, some major retailers like Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Target, Starbucks, and Costco announced a mask won’t be needed in stores starting Saturday.