COVID-19 Mask Guidelines in the District

This post contains information regarding the COVID-19 mask guidelines in Belmont, Boston, and Watertown. This post will be updated regularly to ensure the most current information is provided.

Important Note on School Masking: On August 24, 2021, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted in favor of universal masking in all public schools in Massachusetts. “Effective immediately, public school students (age 5 and above) and staff in all grades are required to wear masks indoors in schools, except as noted below. Masks are not required when outdoors. All visitors are also expected to wear a mask in school buildings. The mask requirement will be in place until at least October 1, 2021. The Commissioner will revisit the requirement in the near future to revise it as warranted by public health data”. You can read the official guidelines here. On September 27, 2021 this measure was extended until at least November 1, 2021. You can read the extension here. On October 26, 2021 this measure was extended until at least January 15, 2022. You can read the extension here.

City/TownCity/Town Wide Mask GuidelinesDate UpdatedSource/Additional InformationK-12 School Mask GuidelinesDate UpdatedSource/Additional Information
Belmont"Effective on 12:01am August 9, 2021 face coverings are required for all indivduals aged two years and above in all indoor public spaces, or private spaces open to the public except where an individual is unable to wear a facecovering due to a medical condition or disability"August 6, 2021Belmont Guidelines

Town of Belmont Public Health Update
"Belmont Public Schools will require universal mask wearing for students and staff in school spaces".August 16, 2021Belmont Public School Back to School FAQs
BostonEffective Friday, August 27, 2021 at 8:00am "All persons shall wear a mask or face covering that covers their nose and mouth, such as
a fabric or surgical mask, whenever they are indoors on the premises of a business, club,
place of assembly or other place that is open to members of the public, including but not
limited to retail establishments, restaurants, bars, performance venues, social clubs, event
spaces, and municipal buildings."
August 20, 2021Boston Guidelines"All Boston Public School staff and students must wear a mask when on school property and while riding the yellow buses"July 23, 2021Boston Public School Guidelines
WatertownAs of October 21, the Watertown Board of Health has lifted the requirement for masks to be worn indoors.November 8, 2021Watertown Update"A mask or face covering that covers the nose and mouth must be worn by all individuals,
regardless of vaccination status, in school buildings, and on school transportation, even when social distancing is observed."
August 24, 2021 Draft of Watertown Public School Guidelines

To view the vaccination and masking guidelines at Boston area colleges and universities, you can visit this post.

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