‘I don't want to go back’: Gov. Murphy not ready to reinstitute mask requirements, but won’t rule it out

Gov. Phil Murphy says he's not ready to reinstitute mask requirements, now or when schools are back in session in September.

News 12 Staff

Jul 20, 2021, 9:16 AM

Updated 1,008 days ago

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Gov. Phil Murphy says he's not ready to reinstitute mask requirements, now or when schools are back in session in September.
Murphy made his comments Monday as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended a “layered approach" that includes masks in schools for children over age 2 regardless of vaccination status.
“I want to reiterate unequivocally: I don't want to go back,” says Gov. Murphy. “But if we think that's the right public health thing to do, then that's what the experts will suggest. We watch this like a hawk and our strong, strong preference is not to go back. We are among the most vaccinated states in the country and that's a huge positive."
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State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli noted the rate of positive test results has risen recently for children up to age 13, and most sharply in children 4 and under.
Currently, children 12 and over are eligible to be vaccinated.
Murphy says he “is comfortable where we are” on mask mandates but is closely monitoring developments.
The public health emergency law allows the governor to bring back indoor masking if the rate of transmission is over one.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.


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