Massachusetts pandemic-era of emergency ends

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BOSTON (AP) — Even though Massachusetts’ state of emergency has been lifted after 462 days of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents shouldn’t notice many obvious changes to life.

Many restrictions put in place during the pandemic have already been eased, including limits on gatherings and mask requirements, as more and more people have become vaccinated. More than 3.9 million people have been fully immunized, according to state health officials, and the number of new cases of the disease continues to fall.

Some places may still require masks, such as public transportation and health care environments with vulnerable populations.