“The Rise is Real”: Brockton and Revere the Latest Massachusetts Cities to Implement Mask Warrants

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As the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to cause an increase in the number of new cases in Massachusetts, two other cities have implemented mask warrants in their communities.

Brockton and Revere both started mask warrants on Monday that require face coverings in all buildings in town for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan said the move comes after the city had a total of 12 COVID cases on July 12. Three weeks later, Brockton knows 140 cases.

“The rise is real, the variant, the Delta, the revolutionary cases, they are real,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan made the announcement on Facebook. WCVB has reported Revere’s mask warrant.

Sullivan said implementing the mask mandate now could prevent a relapse of the flare-ups felt in Massachusetts communities last September, ahead of the pandemic’s largest peak to date during the winter.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said even fully vaccinated people in high-risk or high-risk areas should wear masks when in indoor public places.

Data from the CDC on Monday indicated that nine counties in Massachusetts were at substantial or high risk of transmitting COVID-19, up from four counties last week.

Counties at high risk for virus transmission included Nantucket and Barnstable counties. Counties included in high risk areas include Bristol, Essex, Hampden, Middlesex, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester.

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