BROOKLINE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Brookline plans to revise its mask mandate after receiving some backlash for not joining the state in relaxing the requirement outdoors.
The town's outdoor mask mandate is now expected to only remain in effect for another two weeks, until May 21, 2021.
That comes after Brookline made national attention on several news channels and publications for it's decision to keep the mandate in place -- with town officials receiving hundreds to thousands of emails criticizing the delay.
Brookline Health Commissioner Dr. Swannie Jett said that while mask mandates are being lifted in several states, that doesn't mean we are "out of the woods" yet.
"I think its important as we look at mask mandates across the nation that the pandemic is ongoing," Jett said. "We still have people in the hospital, we still have people fighting for their lives."
While Brookline will soon be joining most of the state in lifting the outdoor requirement, cities and towns like Lawrence, Salem, and Chatham are still keeping their outdoor mask mandate in effect at this time.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports