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Citing a rise in cases, Boston Public Health Commission recommends wearing masks indoors – Boston 25 News


BOSTON — Health officials in Boston are renewing their recommendation for people to wear masks while in indoor public spaces in the City of Boston, citing a recent increase in cases.

“With COVID-19 cases rising, we are urging all Bostonians to take extra precautions to protect yourselves, your family, and our community. If you are feeling unwell, get tested at one of our free City sites or take a rapid test. It’s also important to stay up to date on your vaccinations,” said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission.

The BPHC is recommending people wear masks in indoor public settings, including public transportation and transportation hubs, government buildings, and crowded indoor venues.

“We are recommending that individuals protect themselves and others by masking indoors, particularly in crowded places. These precautions are how we protect the progress we’ve made in our community,” said Dr. Ojikutu.

BPHC says the recommendation is “especially important for those who are at high risk for severe illness or who live with someone who is high risk.”

Boston 25 has reached out to Mayor Michelle Wu’s office for comment on the BPHC recommendation.

Boston’s indoor mask mandate was lifted almost 7 weeks ago on March 5, regardless of a person’s vaccination status.

COVID cases have increased by 65% in the past two weeks and community positivity has climbed to 6.9%, according to the BPHC. That rate was as low as 2.2% in early March.

“The amount of COVID-19 particles in local wastewater samples has increased by 109% over a 14-day period, suggesting that cases could continue to rise in the coming weeks,” according to the statement from the BPHC.

Masks are still required in Boston Public Schools. All students and staff must wear a mask when on school properties, and while riding school buses.

Free COVID-19 vaccine and booster clinics are open across the city, with both walk-in and by appointment options available.

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