BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is updating its face mask advisory with new guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID.
The new guideline advises those who are fully vaccinated to wear a mask or face covering indoors, and not in their own home, if they have a weakened immune system, if they are at risk because of age or an underlying condition, or if they live with someone who is at risk.
In a statement, the Department of Public Health said the agency made this decision because of an improvement in COVID indicators in the Commonwealth and the fact that "Massachusetts is a national leader in vaccine acceptance".
The advisory calls for those who are not fully vaccinated against COVID to continue to wear face coverings when indoors. It also calls for those who are positive with COVID or have been in close contact with someone with COVID to wear a mask in public for five days after leaving quarantine regardless of vaccination status.
This advisory is not a mandate and is rather a recommendation by public health officials. Residents are still required to continue wearing face coverings while on public transit or in health care facilities, regardless of vaccination status.