Brookline still requiring masks outside as state lifts mandate

BROOKLINE, Mass. — Brookline is holding off on lifting its outdoor mask mandate.

In a press release, Town Manager Mel Kleckner and Health Commissioner Dr. Swannie Jett said people must continue to wear masks outside for the time being.

“Out of an abundance of caution and in our residents’ best interests, the Town of Brookline will not follow suit with the state’s decision to lift the outdoor mask mandate,” Dr. Jett said in a press release. “Our face covering requirement has served as a protective layer that limits the possibility of spreading COVID-19 and we are reluctant to relax it as this time without further public input and review by the Advisory Council on Public Health.”

On Friday, Massachusetts lifted its outdoor mask mandate.

Masks are not required outdoors if people can remain at least six feet apart. Face coverings are still required outside in public when it’s not possible to social distance and at other times required by sector-specific guidance.