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On Friday, May 13, 2022, Worcester health officials issued a citywide mask advisory due to a surge in positive COVID-19 cases and rising coronavirus levels in regional wastewater. It is strongly recommended that all residents wear masks when indoors and around others. In addition, it is recommended that all eligible residents be up to date on vaccines and boosters, avoid crowded spaces when possible and get tested for COVID-19 when exhibiting symptoms. Read the Full Advisory Letter.
Face coverings continue to be required in Worcester's hospitals until further notice. Any other business, institution or organization may also enact its own mask requirement.
As of Friday, May 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies Worcester County's COVID-19 Community Level as High. Accordingly, the CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in public and on public transportation, staying up to date with vaccines, getting tested if you have symptoms and taking additional precautions if you are at high risk for severe illness. More information is available on the CDC's COVID-19 Community Level Website.
Governor Charlie Baker has announced that all COVID-19 restrictions were lifted as of May 29, 2021 including the State’s mask mandate, and that the Commonwealth’s State of Emergency, declared on March 10, 2020, was lifted effective June 15, 2021. Beginning May 29, 2021 the state's mask mandate was replaced by recent CDC guidance that those who are fully vaccinated can discontinue use of face coverings indoors or outdoors, with the exception of healthcare settings, long-term care facilities, public transportation and in schools. Private businesses may impose mask regulations at their discretion. For the latest information on the status of COVID-19 and guidelines in Massachusetts, visit www.mass.gov.