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Posted on: March 9, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Brookline Department of Public Health to Lift Indoor Mask Mandate

BROOKLINE — Health Commissioner Sigalle Reiss and the Brookline Department of Public Health report that the Town of Brookline is lifting its indoor mask mandate for all individuals in public spaces beginning on Saturday, March 12.

The decision to lift the mask mandate was based on a review of COVID-19 data including case counts, hospital admissions and hospital capacity, wastewater data, and vaccine and testing resources.

Director Reiss also consulted with the Brookline Advisory Council on Public Health, which held a public meeting on March 7 to gather input from residents.

Businesses and other facilities can still require masks on their own, and the Brookline Department of Public Health encourages everyone in Brookline to maintain a mask-friendly environment.

"We are cautiously lifting the mask mandate, but I want to remind all residents and business owners that the COVID-19 pandemic remains unpredictable. We will continue to monitor data moving forward to ensure the Town of Brookline is following best practices for containing the spread of COVID-19," Director Reiss said. "On behalf of the entire Health Department, I want to thank the Brookline business community and the residents of Brookline for all their efforts to help reduce the spread."

Residents are reminded that masking is still mandatory for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, on public transportation and rideshares, and while in healthcare facilities, including congregate care settings, per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Indoor masking is strongly encouraged for those who are not vaccinated, including those under the age of 5 years, individuals who have a weakened immune system, or those at increased risk for severe disease because of age or an underlying medical condition. It is also strongly encouraged for those living with someone who has a weakened immune system or is at increased risk for severe disease.

Residents are reminded that a COVID-19 vaccine and booster remain the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19, which continues to pose a serious risk of severe illness to those who are unvaccinated. to find a vaccination site near you, visit:

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