Vaccines are not yet available for kids under the age of 12, Gov. Murphy said, so the mask mandate remains in effect for all elementary and secondary schools in the state and he doesn't expect that to change in the fall.
For now, New Jersey's mask mandate imposed by Gov. Phil Murphy through executive order remains in effect. Murphy has been reluctant to ease mask mandates and his office is reviewing the new CDC guidance.
More than half of the adult population in New Jersey is now considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The state remains well on pace to meet, and exceed, the 70% goal set by Gov. Phil Murphy when vaccinations began last December.
As the flu season that wasn’t comes to a close, a New Jersey epidemiologist suggests that perhaps people should consider wearing masks again next winter, even if the novel coronavirus pandemic is behind us.