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New Jersey Gov. Murphy decides to keep masks in schools for at least one more week

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s office released a statement on Friday announcing the state will maintain its mask mandate for schools and school buses at least one more week before making the decision to unmask students, teachers and bus drivers.

The statement, which was provided to NJ Advance Media, says the administration will wait until Monday, March 7, to give schools and daycares enough time to make decisions about how to proceed with masks becoming optional in schools and on school buses. Many states dropped their school mask mandates this week due to declining COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

“Many districts and childcare centers are still reviewing the guidance released by the Department of Health earlier this week to determine how they will proceed,” said Alyana Alfaro Post, a spokeswoman for Murphy’s office. 

“Changing the date the mandate is lifted would create challenges for districts and childcare centers that have not yet made a final determination about masking in their schools.”

The CDC this week softened its guidance on masks on buses and other public transportation, saying masks are no longer required. The CDC website still recommends the use of masks and other COVID-19 mitigation measures in all indoor public areas.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: ABC NEWS

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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