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Archdiocese of Boston implements mask mandate for Catholic schools

"We support Governor Charlie Baker’s emphasis on ensuring a safe reopening of schools."

David L. Ryan/Globe staff

Though Catholic schools are not bound by the public school mask mandate handed down by state officials on Tuesday, the Archdiocese of Boston says it will follow the rule anyway.

“We support Governor Charlie Baker’s emphasis on ensuring a safe reopening of schools for all the children of the Commonwealth,” the archdiocese said in a statement released Wednesday.

Students aged five and older will be required to mask up indoors through Oct. 1, as well as staff and teachers in the 65 schools under direct control of the archdiocese.

“At that time, we will evaluate our policy moving forward reflecting on state and federal guidance, updated health data, and input from schools and parents,” the statement said.

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The decision was made after speaking with Cardinal Sean O’Malley, officials added.

For the other 31 schools that fall within the archdiocese, but aren’t under its direct control, officials said they “strongly recommend” following the same guidelines.

The archdiocese also “continues to urge” people to get vaccinated “to bring this pandemic under control and keep families safe.”

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