Brookline’s mask mandate remains in effect until at least May 21

BROOKLINE, Mass. — Brookline’s Department of Public Health announced Friday that the town’s mask mandate will remain in effect.

The DPH added that the mandate will likely be modified on May 21.

The decision comes following a meeting with the Advisory Council on Public Health.

Just last week, Town Manager Mel Kleckner and Health Commissioner Dr. Swannie Jett said in a press release that 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.”

Massachusetts lifted its outdoor mask mandate April 30.

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.