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Council on Aging Department

Posted on: August 4, 2021

COVID-19: Updated Recommendations from CDC and MDPH for Masks and Vaccinations

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Date of Record: August 4, 2021

Worcester County is now orange (substantial transmission) which calls for indoor masking. 

Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations on masking:

  • If you are not fully vaccinated and aged two (2) or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.

  • In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.

  • In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, please consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.

  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may NOT be protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.

Federal Government:  Are requiring public employees get vaccinated as have some hospitals and universities.  

MA Department of Public Health (MDPH) recommendations: Endorsed CDC recommendations.

The MDPH released updated guidance regarding the use of face coverings and cloth masks by individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 

This week, the federal CDC released updated guidance that continues to state that individuals who are fully vaccinated may, as a general matter, resume many of the activities that they engaged in prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or staying six (6) feet apart, except where otherwise required by federal, state, or local laws, rules or regulations.  

In response to the recent spread of the Delta variant, however, the CDC’s updated guidance does recommend that even fully vaccinated persons wear masks or face coverings when indoors if other risk factors are present. In light of the information provided by the CDC, and in order to maximize protection of vulnerable individuals from the Delta variant, the Department of Public Health released updated guidance today that recommends that a fully vaccinated person wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home) 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 an unvaccinated adult. All people in Massachusetts (regardless of vaccination status) are required to continue wearing face coverings in certain settings, including transportation and health care facilities. 

Please visit for a complete list of venues where face coverings remain mandatory as of May 29, 2021.

Local mandates:

  • Brockton and Revere – Mask mandates for all city buildings. 

  • Boston and Cambridge – Requiring mask at restaurants. 

  • New York City (NYC) – Will require proof of vaccination for customers and staff at restaurants, gyms, and other indoor businesses.
  • DESE guidelines – Information will be coming out next week on school guidance and masking.

TESTING: The Stop the Spread testing sites around the Commonwealth will be extended until the end of October 2021.  

COVID-19  VACCINATIONS: Encouraging eligible individuals to get vaccinated.  

Public Service Announcements (PSA) - Available in English and Spanish. 

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