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.
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