New Jersey mask mandate remains, but many state residents don’t seem to mind

Those who ride New Jersey Transit into New York City still must wear a mask while onboard. But once they arrive in New York, they will have the option to take their masks off while indoors and outside.

News 12 Staff

May 19, 2021, 9:42 PM

Updated 1,098 days ago

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Those who ride New Jersey Transit into New York City still must wear a mask while onboard. But once they arrive in New York, they will have the option to take their masks off while indoors and outside.
New Jersey is one of only two states that still have an indoor mask mandate. But many people who were out in commuter-friendly Westfield on Wednesday say that they don’t mind having to keep their masks on.
“I’d rather have my mask on for now. That’s how I feel,” says Joanne Cruder of Kenilworth. “I think New Jersey is doing it right. We came this far, let’s just hang on a little longer.”
In fact, it seemed as if half of the people News 12 New Jersey saw walking around downtown Westfield were wearing their masks outdoors.
“I've had both shots but I'm nervous since I don't know if other people have taken it. I'm still a little nervous about taking it off,” says Gina Edwards of Union Township. “I think this is going to be a part of my life now."
But some people said that it is time to get rid of the mandatory mask mandate.
“For me, I am fine not wearing a mask. I feel healthy enough and if other people are vaccinated too, sure, why not? Time to mask off,” says Ziad Shehady of Springfield.
The one thing that remains in most states is the 6-feet social distancing rule. New York officials say that while people don’t need to wear masks indoors if they are fully vaccinated, parties must still practice social distancing.


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