NJ School Mask Mandate To Be lifted

It was a busy day yesterday as four different state governors made announcements regarding the discontinuation of their covid-19 mask mandates.

Connecticut, Oregon, Delaware, and New Jersey all have agreed to remove some of their mask mandates at some point between the end of February or March. Their announcements come after the drop of COVID-19s omicron surge cases.

In New Jersey, students and school employees will no longer require to wear masks starting the second week of March (March 7th). This comes after two years since the Covid-19 pandemic started.

In an article posted by the New York Times, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said that “this is not a declaration of victory as much as an acknowledgment that we can responsibly live with this thing.”

Since the start of the pandemic, New Jersey has unfortunately lost 29,050 New Jerseyans due to Covid-19. 

Over 90% of residents in the state have gotten the first shot, 76% of residents have gotten the second dose, and only 51% of residents have gotten boosted.

With hospitalizations dropping by another one-third over the last week, the number shows that we are moving towards some of normal.

Late yesterday Murphy said in a Tweet, “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.”

While the mandate won’t be in place for schools, some may still require them depending on the situation.

Here are the other states’ timeline

Connecticut will end its school mandate on February 28th

Delaware will end their school mandate on March 31st

Oregon will end its school mandate on March 31st

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