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FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Board of Health voted tonight, February 22 to end the mask mandate in the City, but not until March 7.

The vote was unanimous at 2-0.

Framingham Board of Health only has 2 members at the moment.

Mayor Charlie Sisitsky requested the Board of Health to meet in a special session to end a mask mandate for all indoor public spaces, as well as a mask mandate implemented by former mayor Yvonne Spicer for all municipal buildings, including the Memorial Building and the public libraries.

The mask mandate for all indoor public buildings, including restaurants and grocery stores, began on January 19, 2022, after a huge spike in cases following the holidays.

That mandate will now end on March 7.

Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay announced last Friday a mask mandate for all public schools would end on March 7. Masks will be optional in the Framingham Public Schools as of that date.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education has called for the mask mandate in schools to be lifted on Monday, February 28, following the traditional February school vacation week in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Masking continues to be required on all school buses, per a federal order.

And the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Massachusetts Department of Public Health strongly recommend that unvaccinated individuals continue to wear masks in school settings.

Several school districts including Ashland, chose the March 7 date as it was a week after students returned from the February vacation, and there has been an increase in cases following long holiday breaks.

Because we have previously seen an uptick in cases after returning from holiday breaks, this date was chosen out of an abundance of caution, in consultation with our nursing staff, to allow a week to pass after the February break,” wrote Superintendent of Schools Jim Adams to families

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.