New Jersey will lift its statewide school mask mandate next month, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday.
“Balancing public health with getting back to some semblance of normalcy is not easy,” the Democrat tweeted. “But we can responsibly take this step due to declining COVID numbers and growth in vaccinations.”
The mandate, which has required all students and school employees to wear masks on campus, is scheduled to lift March 7.
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. https://t.co/CjnIYZycCe
The numbers of new COVID-19 cases in New Jersey have dropped more than 70% in the past two weeks. It’s one of the most vaccinated states, with nearly three-quarters of all people in the state considered “fully vaccinated” and about one-third having received a booster dose.
Delaware’s Gov. John Carney (D) also announced Monday that his state’s school mask mandate will expire March 31 and that schools and school distric...