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Get ready to put on a mask indoors again. According to the CDC, masks are now recommended in all 21 NJ counties due to “high” or “substantial” transmission rates of COVID. That means it is advisable to mask up in public, indoor spaces such as workplaces, stores and public buildings or anywhere there is a high risk of transmission.

As of today, 17 New Jersey counties were experiencing high transmission rates of the virus, while only four counties — Sussex, Warren Morris and Passaic — are experiencing “substantial” transmission rates. Masks are recommended in all public indoor places in all counties.

You can search by county here to see the latest data.

The news comes as concern over the more contagious Delta variant increase. According to the CDC, 80 percent of new cases of COVID come from the variant. Last week, Governor Murphy announced that all K-12 students will be required to wear masks when they return to school this fall.

“I want as much as anybody else in our state to see our kids’ smiles as they start their school years. But I don’t want to see at the same time any of them getting sick needlessly or schools have to shut down again and go remote because of an outbreak, and especially of a dangerous variant that is putting kids in its crosshairs. Absent this requirement, that is where we will end up.”

As of now, masks are recommended, not required, in public settings unless mandated by a business owner.

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