When Future released the song Mask Off in 2017, no one expected his single to be the 2020-2021 anthem. On May 29, 2021, the 15-month mask mandate in Massachusetts came to a close... sort of. Now that the state has announced businesses can decide individually whether or not masks need to be worn in their facilities, the state has become more divided between workers and customers.
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Over one year after the world was struck with Covid-19, the state of emergency will soon come to a close. After 15 months in a global pandemic, and over 3.4 million deaths worldwide, Boston has decided on May 29 to lift the mask mandate. This means that all individual businesses may choose how they go about the next few months. While they are able to return to full capacity, some may still take it slow to the full reopening. However in Boston, masks no longer need to be worn anywhere but on public transportation, in hospitals and in schools. With this all being said, is Boston ready to be mask-less? How will we cover the 15 months of mascne (mask acne)?
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Imagine: It's 2019 and you've entered the Fenway neighborhood in Boston. It's late May, and the streets are flooded with sweaty bodies, yelling and chugging to-go beers. The sun is blazing, and you're trying to find your seats amidst the bustling line. You made it to your seats, and your legs are sticking to the bleachers already. There's a Fenway Frank in your left hand, and peanuts in your right. The first pitch is thrown, and the game begins.
Nearly 14 months ago, the city of Boston, Massachusetts, along with the rest of the world, was hit hard with a deadly virus: Covid-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus. Now in Spring 2021, Boston is one of the many large cities finally getting back on their feet.
It’s been over 13 months since the United States went into lockdown due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Since the state began rolling out vaccines, Massachusetts has released over five million doses, and now over 30%* of the state is fully vaccinated. But what does this mean for Boston exactly?