State officials say Massachusetts is so gosh-darned good with Covid-19 shots and boosters that it will no longer require masks in schools and daycare centers. However, communities and individual school districts will still be allowed to require masks based on local conditions, the state says, adding it will continue to recommend, if not require, masks in some situations.
State Education Secretary James Peyser said in a statement:
In a state with one of the highest vaccine acceptance rates in the country, and the state with the second highest vaccination rates among 5- to 11-year-olds, we must navigate the careful transition into opening up our society while simultaneously employing public health mitigation strategies. We are moving from mask requirement to mask optional, and we want school districts to move along with the state by making it optional, while still creating supportive environments for students and staff who choose to wear a mask.