MALDEN, Mass. — State education officials on Monday extended Massachusetts’ public school indoor mask mandate an extra month.
The mandate that applies to students, staff and faculty, was scheduled to expire on Oct. 1, but will now run through at least Nov. 1, state Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley said.
Middle and high schools can apply for a waiver from the face covering rules if 80% of their students and staff have been vaccinated, he said.
The original mandate was announced in August. It applies to students age 5 and over. Masks are not required outdoors or while eating, and a limited number of other indoor activities.
About 2,220 students and more than 300 workers at Massachusetts public schools have tested positive for COVID-19 this school year, according to the latest information available from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.