Cambridge is lifting its mask requirement for indoor public places from 11:59 p.m. on March 13, crediting “a steady decrease in reported cases, test positivity and detection of the Covid-19 virus in the surveillance program for city’s municipal wastewater” in an announcement on Wednesday.
This brings the city into compliance with Massachusetts State Department of Public Health guidelines which it said are consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggestions as of March 14 and will not require the use of masks. facials in indoor public places in Cambridge. Neighboring Somerville did not announce a change to its rules on Wednesday, and everyone 2 or older is still required to wear a mask indoors.
The city last changed its rules on October 2, returning to a strict mask requirement from the start of the pandemic. which mandated face coverings outside whether or not people can maintain 6ft social distancing, as well as a stricter directive requiring masks inside hallways, stairways and other spaces common areas of all residential buildings, with the exception of single-family homes.
According to data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 92% of residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 76% of residents are fully vaccinated and 45% have received a booster dose, said Lee Gianetti, director of communications from the city. and community relations.
Masks will still be mandatory for all employees and visitors in municipal buildings, regardless of their vaccination status, until March 27.
“Many people will still choose to wear masks in certain places and situations after the mask requirement ends, and Cambridge Public Health has provided guidance on finding high quality masks. Additionally, masks continue to be mandatory on public and private transportation and in healthcare facilities and other specified environments,” Gianetti said in Wednesday’s press release.