Governor Phil Murphy will officially eliminate the mask mandate for schools during a coronavirus briefing today (February 7). The new policy will go into effect on Monday, March 7.
According to the New York Times, after two years of it being a part of their daily life, students and school employers will no longer have to wear masks in the state of New Jersey.
Governor Phil Murphy posted the following statement to Twitter:
Effective March 7, the statewide mask mandate in schools will be lifted. Balancing public health with getting back to some semblance of normalcy is not easy. But we can responsibly take this step due to declining COVID numbers and growth in vaccinations.
Aides to Governor Murphy told the New York Times that “New Jersey’s policy shift is based on the state’s precipitous drop in new cases and the declining severity of the disease.”
The statewide mask mandate for schools and child care settings will be lifted effective March 7th.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) February 7, 2022
We can responsibly take the step given the continuing drop in new cases and hospitalizations from Omicron, and the continued growth in vaccinations. pic.twitter.com/89CM3Fq4fz
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