Mayor Roxann Wedegartner, with the support of the Greenfield Health Department, and the Greenfield Board of Health will lift the city-wide mask requirement effective today, Friday, February 18, 2022. The mask requirement was put into place on Monday, December 13, 2021.
This does not include schools and childcare facilities, as they are under separate guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
Greenfield COVID-19 infection numbers have dropped significantly since this winter’s uptick, and the percentage of residents who are vaccinated and boosted has continued to rise. Greenfield’s vaccination rate is currently 71% vaccinated / 41% boosted, and Franklin County is at 72% vaccinated /57% boosted.
Mayor Wedegartner said today, “I am satisfied by the data that we’re seeing on infection rates and vaccination rates that I can remove the mask mandate. I continue to hope that those who are unvaccinated and boosted will get their vaccines and boosters.”
Residents are encouraged to follow the Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services’ guidelines listed in their February 15, 2022 advisory, which recommends masking in public indoor spaces if you have a weakened immune system; or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition; or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.
Face coverings are still required in certain sectors, under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ guidelines. Those include healthcare facilities, public and private transportation, congregate care facilities, emergency shelter programs, and schools and childcare facilities; for more information go to Mass.gov. Wedegartner explained that people who want to continue wearing masks while in public should follow their own guidance and wear masks as they see fit.