Boston’s indoor mask mandate ends Saturday

BOSTON — Boston’s indoor mask mandate is over as of Saturday. That means masks are no longer ordered, regardless of vaccination status.

The spaces affected include:

· Bars, restaurants, and clubs

· Retailers and shopping centers

· Gyms and fitness centers

· Museums and other indoor entertainment venues

“While masking indoors will no longer be mandated by the Boston Public Health Commission, businesses, organizations, and employers are free to require patrons, employees, clients, and anyone else in their establishment to wear face coverings,” according to a statement from the city.

The City of Boston announced the change in mask rules on March 1.

The city says masking will still be required in Boston Public Schools and, where required by state and federal orders.

Those places includes:

· Public and private transportation, such as the MBTA, taxis, rideshares, and transportation hubs

· Health care facilities

· Congregate care settings

· Emergency shelter programs

· Correctional facilities

The Board of Health will hear additional updates on COVID-19 and school masking at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, March 9.

“The Boston Public Health Commission still recommends masking for those who are at high risk for severe illness and those who are around high-risk individuals. Wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator while indoors minimizes your risk of COVID-19 infection and spreading it to others,” according to the city. “Masks are still recommended in municipal buildings that serve vulnerable populations, such as Boston Public Library branches and BCYF community centers.”

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