Massachusetts to lift public school mask mandate on Feb. 28

MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — Students and staff at public schools in Massachusetts will no longer have to wear face coverings while indoors starting Feb. 28.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley said Wednesday the decision was made in consultation with infectious disease physicians, the state Department of Public Health, and other medical experts.

Gov. Charlie Baker said because Massachusetts is a national leader in vaccinating children, and has a robust school testing programs it is time to give students a sense of normalcy. Students and faculty may still have to wear masks in certain scenarios.