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Effective immediately, the city's masking policies will follow the Massachusetts Department of Public Health advisory from Feb. 15 that says that fully vaccinated people only need to wear a mask if they or a member of their household are at risk or have a weakened immune system or if someone in their household is unvaccinated.

With COVID-19 again on the march, pressure is building for the governor to revisit the idea of requiring masks in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status, as the holidays and colder weather push people inside and bring friends and families together for shopping, dinners, parties and other festivities.

With cases rising and still high in much of Berkshire County, the regional health agency is maintaining the spirit of its directive for indoor masking in public spaces, but will clarify how the recommendations apply to weddings and other celebrations.