What’s happening?

Baltimore City Public School students, office staff, and visitors will no longer have to wear masks on school grounds on March 14, reports CBS Baltimore. 

How did school officials come to this decision? 

Officials are following the updated CDC recommendation that says masks are no longer needed indoors if the community spread of COVID-19 is low. 

“The data and guidance from the CDC are clear and unmistakable evidence,” said Sonja Brookins Santelises, chief executive officer for Baltimore City Public Schools. “We have followed the advice of health experts, including the Baltimore City Health Department, implemented the proper precautions, and stayed vigilant through the different surges.”

Anything else I should know? 

An exception to the new optional mask guideline includes mandatory masks for 10 days for people who were exposed to someone with COVID. Additionally, people who test positive will have to wear masks for 10 days from the beginning of their isolation. 

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