Hadley will lift mask mandate for public indoor spaces

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Staff Writer
Published: 2/25/2022 2:19:43 PM

HADLEY – Patrons and employees at Hadley businesses will not be required by the town to wear face coverings beginning Tuesday following a Board of Health decision to rescind its mask order. The mask mandate for public indoor spaces has been in place since Aug. 22. 

As part of the health board’s vote on Thursday, it extended the mask requirement in public schools until March 7. The state mask mandate for schools ends Monday.

After March 7, masks in school settings will only be mandatory on the buses, based on a state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education rule, and in nurses offices, because those are considered medical sites.

The decision means that masks will be optional when shopping or dining in Hadley.

In a statement, the Board of Health reminds residents, visitors and those working in town that they can continue to wear masks by choice. In addition, those individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to keep their noses and mouths covered when in public indoor spaces, and people who have tested positive should wear masks for five days after leaving quarantine.

Anyone with compromised immune systems or with family members susceptible to illness might also wish to continue wearing masks when in public settings.

Mask rules remain in effect on public transportation, including PVTA buses that transport people through Hadley, and at medical offices.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.

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