New Jersey Governor Ends School Mask Mandate
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced that the state will lift its mask mandate for students and faculty next month.
The move marks the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that the Garden State has rolled back its school mask mandate.
“We are not going to manage COVID to zero. We have to learn how to live with COVID as we move from a pandemic to an endemic phase of this virus,” Murphy tweeted.
“We are optimistic that given the decreased severity of this new variant, and the continued increase in vaccinations, that we are finally nearing this inflection point,” he added.
Murphy said the new policy will begin on March 7 but noted that it will not change the ability of individual districts to maintain and enforce mask mandates.