Reopening Update: DPH Issues New Face Covering Advisory
Today, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) released updated guidance regarding the use of face coverings and cloth masks by individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The state also released new COVID-19 guidance for public school districts for the Fall.

This week, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance that continues to state that individuals who are fully vaccinated may, as a general matter, resume many of the activities that they engaged in prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where otherwise required by federal, state, or local laws, rules or regulations. In response to the recent spread of the Delta variant, however, the CDC’s updated guidance does recommend that even fully vaccinated persons wear masks or face coverings when indoors if other risk factors are present.

In light of the information provided by the CDC, and in order to maximize protection of vulnerable individuals from the Delta variant, the Department of Public Health released updated guidance today that recommends that a fully vaccinated person wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home) if:
  • You have a weakened immune system
  • You are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition
  • Someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated

All people in Massachusetts (regardless of vaccination status) are required to continue wearing face coverings in certain settings, including transportation and health care facilities. Please see for a complete list of venues where face coverings remain mandatory as of May 29th, 2021.

Also today, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will provide schools and districts with updated safety protocol guidance for Fall’s return to school. DESE and DPH are jointly recommending that students in grades K-6 wear face coverings indoors and that unvaccinated staff and visitors, and unvaccinated students in grades 7 and above, wear masks indoors. Click here to download a memo from DESE Commissioner Riley to Superintendents and other educational leaders outlining the new guidance.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if the Partnership can be of any assistance to you:
Jason Palitsch, Executive Director
(774) 760-0495 x105

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