The current statewide K-12 school mask mandate is in effect through the end of this month in Massachusetts, but Gov. Charlie Baker hinted that could change.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has said he will not extend the school mask mandate there past Feb. 28. The governors of both New Jersey and Delaware have announced their respective school mask mandates will be lifted in March, as well.
When asked the regional shift Monday, Baker said it’s anticipated that, “at some point in the not too distant future,” the commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will have more to say about the state's indoor school mask policy.
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“The way they’ve dealt with that requirement over the course of the past two years has been, you know, to put a marker out there and then basically look at where we are and what’s going on by the time we get to whatever that marker is and then make a decision, which would, by the way, be pretty consistent with what some of the other states have been talking about," Baker said.
The current K-12 school mask mandate was implemented in August and has been extended three times.