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Great Barrington will do its own thing until temperatures rise. The town's mask advisory still is in effect.
Masks will continue to be required in city schools, but that might change in mid-March.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask recommendations for the vast majority of the country, including the Berkshires, under a new framework to monitor coronavirus – a process that state and local officials had already begun amid demands for a return to normalcy.
As the state hands authority on masking back to individual school districts, several in Berkshire County say they will end their mask mandates in March. Others have postponed the decision.
As COVID-19 cases fall across Massachusetts and in the Berkshires, the state's Department of Public Health has loosened its mask guidance.
House and Senate lawmakers plan to send Gov. Charlie Baker a $101 million COVID-19 spending bill on Thursday that invests money into masks, rapid tests, and vaccine equity efforts for schools, businesses, and health care workers.
At least one Berkshire County store, the Pittsfield Walmart, has started to hand out free N95 respirators through a federal program.
They lined up, hoping another shot, or a first, will help end the ongoing tragedy.
The Great Barrington Board of Health on Tuesday strengthened its mask-wearing and social distancing advisory from September to try to curb rising numbers of those who are testing positive for the coronavirus.