Schools should keep masks for now

State health leaders recommend students and teachers keep wearing masks even if they're vaccinated.

Although masks are no longer required for people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, state health officials are still recommending that schools keep the mandate in place.

In a “health alert” posted to its website on Thursday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) said schools are one of a few places that should continue to require masks regardless of a person’s vaccination status.

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“Because most students remain unvaccinated, schools and child care providers should continue to follow the COVID-19 prevention strategies … for at least the remainder of the 2020-2021 academic school year, including masking when indoors,” according to the document.

The alert is merely a recommendation and does not come with the force of law.

Other places that should continue requiring masks are residential care facilities, healthcare facilities, and public transportation.

You can read more on MLive.

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