The wearing of indoor masks, whether you're vaccinated or not is starting to make a comeback in the Garden State as both Governor Muphy and State Health Commissioner Judy Persichillli are strongly recommending the use of face masks while indoors.

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According to the Patch.com, the recommendation comes as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in New Jersey and in the entire country. Mask wearing is still optional in the state as a mask mandate has not been put into effect yet.

Some examples where you are strongly recommend to wear a mask due to an increased risk include:

  • Crowded indoor settings
  • Indoor settings where you may have close contact with unvaccinated individuals
  • Indoor setting where the vaccine status is unknown of others
  • If you are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease

Governor Murphy and state Health Commissioner Judy Persichillli tell the Patch,

 "We have crushed this virus repeatedly like no other state in the nation, and we are proud to boast among the country's highest vaccination rates. But at this point, given where our metrics are now, we feel the best course of action is to strongly encourage every New Jerseyan, and every visitor to our state, to take personal responsibility and mask up indoors when prudent,"

The CDC is also recommending the use of indoor masks for those who are fully vaccinated especially if you are in an area of high transmission. The CDC is also strongly recommending the use of faces masks in all schools from K to 12.

The wearing of masks in schools across the Garden State was not addressed even though the 2021/2022 school year will be here before you know it.

I've noticed more and more people masking up indoors recently especially in stores and supermarkets. I'm not sure if I'm going to mask up even though I am fully vaccinated but the concern is most certainly there. I don't miss my glasses constantly fogging up but I may opt to wear a mask indoors once again if the COVID numbers continue to rise.

sources: patch.com cdc.gov

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