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Tuesday, March 01, 2022

波士頓市訂3月5日取消室內場所戴口罩規定

          (Boston Orange 整理編譯) 35日起,民眾出入波士頓市的公共室內場合,不必戴口罩了。不過波士頓市公共衛生委員會委員長Bisola Ojikutu表示,民眾搭乘公共交通工具,進出醫療機構,或集體居住場所仍須戴口罩。

            波士頓市也仍將要求波士頓公校戴口罩,並建議進出波士頓公共圖書館,波士頓青年家庭社區中心(BCYF)的人戴口罩。波士頓公共衛生委員會將於下週開會討論進學校戴口罩等議題。

            7人組成的波士頓市公共衛生委員會聲稱,新冠病毒感染率,住院率,都已大為降低,已接種疫苗的民眾人數持續增加,各項指標都顯示風險已不那麼大,根據該會委員長Bisola Ojikutu博士的建議,他們在31日,週二時投票決定,從這週末的35日起,取消民眾出入諸如餐廳,健身房,娛樂場所等室內營業場合必須戴口罩的規定。

            波士頓市的社區確診率已從1月份的32%降至2.5%,急診,住院,或住進重症病房的比率都已遠低於需要憂慮的程度。

            波士頓市長吳弭 (Michelle Wu)218日時才因為7天平均的新冠確診率低於5%,一日住院人數少於200,重症病房佔用率低於95%,宣佈了人們進出室內營業場所,不再需要出示已接種新冠疫苗證明。現在只隔不到2星期,又再進一步宣佈進出室內營業場所不需要戴口罩,給了人們生活將逐漸恢復正常的感覺。

            吳弭表示,波士頓市將持續注意保護市民的安全、健康。

            Bisola Ojikutu建議患病風險高,或是經常和高危人士接觸者,進出公眾場合時,最好還是戴口罩。

            波士頓市的戴口罩規定訂35日結束,劍橋市的戴口罩規定,則將持續到313日。

            波士頓環球報稱,這情況讓地跨波士頓市和劍橋市的科學博物館(Museum of Science)等機構有點尷尬。科學博物館董事長Tim Ritchie表示,該館將繼續建議到訪者戴口罩,直到根據聯邦疾病防治中心指導原則顯示的新冠病毒風險程度將至低風險時為止。


BOSTON TO LIFT PUBLIC INDOOR MASK ORDER EFFECTIVE MARCH 5, 2022
 
Masking is still recommended to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and for those with heightened risk factors
BOSTON - Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - Citing improving COVID-19 metrics in Boston, Mayor Michelle Wu and Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Commissioner of Public Health and Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, today announced that the City’s indoor masking mandate will be lifted effective Saturday, March 5, 2022. At a meeting held this afternoon, the City’s Board of Health voted unanimously to endorse the recommendation from Dr. Ojikutu to rescind the order. The decision was made based on key COVID-19 metrics, which show continued improvement in the prevalence and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in Boston.
 
Beginning this Saturday, residents and visitors to Boston will no longer be required by the City to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces, such as gyms, bars and restaurants, museums, and entertainment venues. Individual operators may still choose to require masking. Public transportation, health care settings, and congregant care settings are still subject to state and federal mask orders. The Boston Public Schools will continue to require masking while BPHC and BPS leaders monitor metrics including school positivity and vaccination rates following last week's school vacation. The Board of Health will hear additional updates on COVID-19 and school masking at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, March 9.  
 
The masking requirement will be lifted at City buildings including for City employees, except for Boston Public Schools and Boston Public Health Commission. Masks are recommended in city buildings where vulnerable populations are served, such as Boston Public Library branches and BCYF community centers.  
 
“I’m grateful that our city is ready to take this step in our recovery thanks to the hard work and commitment of residents keeping our communities safe over many, many months,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “As we continue to make progress even while living with COVID, Boston will continue leading on public health to keep our communities safe, healthy, and prepared.” 
 
“Based on the data we have seen over the past weeks, we can remove some of the prevention and mitigation strategies that have been necessary to protect residents,” said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Commissioner of Public Health and Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. “I am optimistic about where our city is headed, and the Commission will continue to monitor our key metrics and adjust our policies accordingly.”  

“Mayor Wu and Dr. Ojikutu have guided our City through the latest surge with steady hands and thoughtful, informed public health decisions,” said Manny Lopes, Chair of the Boston Board of Health. “Based on the data BPHC has presented, we feel confident in the recommendation to lift the masking order.”
  
While masks are no longer mandated in certain indoor settings, the Boston Public Health Commission recommends masking in these settings if you are at high risk for severe illness or if you will be around individuals who are. There are many people in Boston who are vulnerable to COVID-19, including individuals who are immunocompromised, seniors, and those who are unvaccinated, including young children. Wearing a well-fitting mask or respirator while indoors minimizes your risk of getting infected with COVID-19 and spreading it to others. Because masking offers a first line of defense when there is increased risk of COVID-19, a masking mandate may be reinstated if data show an increased risk of community transmission. Be sure to consider your specific situation and risk factors, such as those in your life who may be vulnerable, before going out without a mask. 
 
The best way to protect yourself and loved ones is by getting vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. While case numbers are down, the risk of severe illness remains. COVID-19 vaccines are available for all residents ages 5 and older, and widely available throughout Boston. For more information about where to find a vaccine, visit boston.gov/covid19-vaccine.

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