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Mass. community keeps outdoor mask mandate in place for 2 more weeks

One of Massachusetts’ largest communities will keep its outdoor face mask mandate in place for an additional two weeks to allow for time for public education. Brookline is the only community in the state that will still require face coverings while outdoors until at least May 21. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker lifted the statewide requirement on April 30, allowing individuals to shed face coverings when outside and away from other groups of people.”If we were to do it today, we wouldn’t be prepared,” Brookline health commissioner Dr. Swannie Jett said. “I need two weeks to do public education to lift it.”Jett referenced the dozens of signs scattered across Brookline reminding the public of the mask mandate that would need to be altered. “I don’t think two weeks is a lot to ask for,” Jett said, addressing the Advisory Council on Public Health meeting Wednesday night.No official vote was held by the panel. “I know what everyone wants,” Jett said, referencing thousands of emails he’s reportedly received since the town announced its decision last week. “I do think the proper messaging is needed because the hundred emails are not reflective of a community of 60,000 people.””I think you will hear some complaints,” Dr. Natalia Linos, a member of the town’s advisory council said during the more than hour-long meeting broadcast to the public on Zoom. “I do think the Brookline public… will want to know why. The answer of, ‘I need to take down signs and replace them,’ I don’t think that will really satisfy everyone.””If there’s a way to move that timeline forward, people will appreciate it,” Linos says.Last Friday, Brookline town manager Mel Kleckner and Jett announced the town would delay compliance with Baker’s order to relax usage of face coverings outdoors.The new statewide guidance advises face coverings only be required outside in public when it is not possible to socially distance and at other times required by sector-specific guidance.

One of Massachusetts’ largest communities will keep its outdoor face mask mandate in place for an additional two weeks to allow for time for public education.

Brookline is the only community in the state that will still require face coverings while outdoors until at least May 21.

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker lifted the statewide requirement on April 30, allowing individuals to shed face coverings when outside and away from other groups of people.

“If we were to do it today, we wouldn’t be prepared,” Brookline health commissioner Dr. Swannie Jett said. “I need two weeks to do public education to lift it.”

Jett referenced the dozens of signs scattered across Brookline reminding the public of the mask mandate that would need to be altered. “I don’t think two weeks is a lot to ask for,” Jett said, addressing the Advisory Council on Public Health meeting Wednesday night.

No official vote was held by the panel.

“I know what everyone wants,” Jett said, referencing thousands of emails he’s reportedly received since the town announced its decision last week. “I do think the proper messaging is needed because the hundred emails are not reflective of a community of 60,000 people.”

“I think you will hear some complaints,” Dr. Natalia Linos, a member of the town’s advisory council said during the more than hour-long meeting broadcast to the public on Zoom. “I do think the Brookline public… will want to know why. The answer of, ‘I need to take down signs and replace them,’ I don’t think that will really satisfy everyone.”

“If there’s a way to move that timeline forward, people will appreciate it,” Linos says.

Last Friday, Brookline town manager Mel Kleckner and Jett announced the town would delay compliance with Baker’s order to relax usage of face coverings outdoors.

The new statewide guidance advises face coverings only be required outside in public when it is not possible to socially distance and at other times required by sector-specific guidance.

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