Mask Update: Mandate lifted for public venues except municipal buildings; Advisory in place

Above: The Board of Health has downshifted the mask status to an advisory issued the week of January 5th. (image from Town website)

Based on the decline in Covid cases in town and hospitalizations in the state, the Board of Health voted to end the Mandate requiring masks in all Southborough businesses. The vote this morning was effective immediately.

The Board clarified that they were reverting back to the “Mask Advisory” they had issued a week prior to the mandate. The mandate had required almost all residents to wear masks in all “public indoor spaces” in Southborough.

Now it’s up to you — or the venue you are visiting – to decide whether or not to mask up. For Town municipal buildings, the requirement is still in place.*

The Town’s update states:

Mask Advisory update by TownThe Town of Southborough Board of Health has adopted the mask advisory in line with the State’s guidelines. The Department of Public Health now advises that all residents, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home). The DPH particularly urges this recommendation if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.

*Masks are still required in Town buildings. Effect 2/8/2022

*This morning’s vote didn’t specify municipal buildings status – but it simply reverted the Board’s policy to one that was on top of a requirement for Town owned buildings passed in August. The update on the Town’s website clarifies that the mandate hasn’t been lifted for Town owned buildings.

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