March 1 marks end of Milwaukee's mask mandate, and area schools make policy changes

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- March 1, 2022 marks the end of Milwaukee's mask mandate. While Acting Mayor Johnson made a stop for paczkis on this Fat Tuesday, he also talked about the decision to keep the Mar. 1 date. 

It was about listening to the professionals, and the health department and the experts on COVID-19," said Johnson. "Follow the science, listen to their advice and now here we are. We've got good trends in terms of the disease burden, but what's really important is for people to get vaccinated. our numbers have been too stubbornly low. We need to get more shots in the arms of people across Milwaukee." 

COVID-19 cases in the country are the lowest they've been since last summer. 

The county remains in the medium category for transmission. 

New CDC guidelines recommend masking only when there is a high risk of infection. 

A federal mask mandate is still in effect, so you'll need a face covering for public transportation until at least Mar. 18-- this includes airports and MCTS buses. 

As of now, Milwaukee Public Schools will also require masks in district buildings. 

Hopkins Lloyd Community School is hosting a vaccine clinic today, Tuesday, Mar. 1 for children 5 and older. 

Wauwatosa's Board of Education voted Monday night, Feb. 28 to end the mask mandate immediately. A letter went out to families stating that masking is optional in all district buildings. 

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