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COVID-19: Murphy Lifts School Mask Mandate As Hot Temperatures Linger

Gov. Phil Murphy
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Gov. Phil Murphy listed the state COVID-19 mask mandate in schools on Wednesday.

Murphy left the mask policy is up to individual school districts, particularly during heat waves, he said during Wednesday's press briefing.

Several school districts had already decided to lift mask mandates.

The Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District announced on that its mask mandate was lifted for students as well as vaccinated teachers, and Point Pleasant followed suit.

Point Pleasant Schools Superintendent Vincent S. Smith said the masks were operational “regardless of the temperature" from now through the end of the school year on June 18.  

Deptford schools Superintendent Arthur Dietz announced that masks will not be required through June 15, but suggested masks be worn while moving through hallways. 

Gloucester Township Schools Superintendent John Bilodeau also announced masks are optional. 

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