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Restaurant Owners Wait For Mask Mandate Changes, How To Implement It

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WBZ-TV's Tiffany Chan reports.

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- Updating its guidance late last week, the CDC says, school kids should keep wearing masks. Health officials recommend students and staff in school wear masks through the end of this school year. That's because all students will not be fully vaccinated.

Also, according to the CDC, schools should continue to practice social distancing. These recommendations apply to students and staff in buildings and on buses. The wider mask mandate here in Massachusetts has not yet changed, despite last week's announcement by the CDC that masks are no longer required outdoors or indoors for fully vaccinated people.

But this week, Governor Baker is expected to make some adjustments in the rules here. WBZ's Tiffany Chan is live for us in the South End tonight. Tiffany?

TIFFANY CHAN: Yeah, Ken, Governor Baker has been out of town, and he did tell us that we could expect some new guidance when it comes to the mast mandate early this week. Businesses are waiting, too, to see how much time they have to figure out how they can implement it.

- At the end of the day, we're going to follow what the governor says.

- How will the mask mandate change here in Massachusetts? Restaurant owners, like [? B ?] [? A, ?] is anxiously awaiting word from the governor, giving businesses an idea on how to move forward. The Centers for Disease Control says, fully vaccinated Americans can ditch the face mask, both indoors and outdoors. While many states have followed that guidance, Massachusetts is at a bit of a standstill, and it's creating more questions than answers. How can restaurants ensure patrons are fully vaccinated? What will that mean for capacity? Lynch says, it's not as easy as shuffling around some table.

COLIN LYNCH: So we're not going to go around and ask people if they're vaccinated. So I hope people just are honest about it, and you know, it's like anything else. If you're coming into a place, and you feel sick, you shouldn't be there. If you're coming in, and you're not vaccinated, you should be wearing your mask.

- And after carrying a face mask for more than a year now, I asked chef Lynch, does it make him nervous to maybe see people walking around without one of these? He says, he actually welcomes it, because it shows that the new normal is near. From South Boston, I'm Tiffany Chan for WBZ News.