Massachusetts' mask mandate is being lifted on May 29, a year and a month after Gov. Charlie Baker first issued the order.
The mandate will be replaced with a new advisory that still urges people who haven't gotten vaccinated yet to wear masks or face coverings in many cases. And there will still be situations where vaccinated people will still be asked to wear masks.
Transportation: Taking a cab or Uber, riding the T or waiting in a station for the bus? You'll still be required to wear a mask regardless of whether you're fully vaccinated.
Health care settings: If you're at a doctor's appointment, at the hospital or getting some kind of rehab, you'll still need to wear a mask.
Congregate care settings: Vaccinated or not, anyone at a group home, residential treatment program, shelter or another place that houses large groups of people must wear a mask even after May 29.
Schools/early education: Both staff and students in schools, from early education up through 12th grade, will need to wear masks indoors.
Kids under 6/people for whom masks aren't safe: Children 5 and younger won't have to wear masks, nor will people who would have medical issues that prevent them from safely wearing masks, including disabilities, a mental health diagnosis or needing supplemental oxygen.
Youth/amateur sports: Kids playing sports outside won't have to wear masks starting Tuesday, May 18, followed by adults playing amateur sports starting May 29.
Many people may not want to remove their masks right away for many reasons, like the chance that a new, more infectious COVID variant could arise.
"On one hand, I'm excited and the new normal, it's really cool," said Boston resident Megan Fantes. "But on the other hand, I am having a bit of a trauma response, like 'whoa, too much, too fast.'"
"Things are happening so quickly, so I'm so grateful for that," said Boston resident Casey Babbitt.
Masks have proven effective at stopping the spread of the virus in many situations. In fact, the widespread adoption of masks has been credited for a major dip in flu cases this year.
Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett, program director in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center, said that masks have proven so effective that people should consider keeping them on in some settings and some seasons.
“We are also concerned there may be a rebound. In other words, there’s going to be more flu than ever this fall and this winter because people didn’t have it last year,” she said.
"I think we're moving, my sense is, from the public restriction phase to people needing to learn how to manage their individual risk," said Dr. Katrina Armstrong, physician-in-chief at Massachusetts General Hospital.
And last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that people who are fully vaccinated -- two weeks after their final shot -- no longer need to wear masks outside in crowds or in most indoor settings, having found that they are extremely unlikely to get a serious infection or spread the virus.