BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Tuesday, an order from Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission Dr. Bisola Ojikutu rescinded the indoor mask mandate for most public spaces in the City effective Saturday.
The BPHC board voted unanimously to remove the mandate, the day after students and staff at Mass. Public Schools were released from the facial coverings requirement. The decision was made based on improving COVID-19 metrics within the City, officials said in a statement to WBZ NewsRadio.
“Based on the data we have seen over the past weeks, we can remove some of the prevention and mitigation strategies that have been necessary to protect residents,” Ojikutu said.
Masks will still be required for public transportation, and in health-care, daycare, and shelter and congregate-care facilities, officials said.
“As we continue to make progress even while living with COVID, Boston will continue leading on public health to keep our communities safe, healthy, and prepared," Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said.
Though masks will not be required in certain settings, the BPHC still recommended that residents at high risk for severe illness continue to wear face coverings.