Mayor Wu today set up the criteria the city will use to end the current requirement that patrons and visitors to public indoor spaces, such as restaurants and gyms, have to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination:
- Fewer than 95% of ICU beds are occupied
- Fewer than 200 COVID-19 hospitalizations per day
- A community positivity rate below 5%, as defined by the Boston Public Health Commission’s 7-day moving average
WBZ reports that as of today, Boston's community positivity rate is 7.4% and that there are 387 people in Boston hospital beds with Covid-19.
The announcement comes as Worcester is getting ready to lift its mask mandate and Northeastern University is lifting its ban on non-student visitors to dorms - although guests will still have to show proof of vaccination.
In a statement, Wu acknowledged rapidly declining Covid-19 rates of late, said they're proof restrictions and vaccinations are working, but cautioned we need to see more of a decline in numbers. She did not mention masks.
I’m encouraged by the current trends and grateful to the Boston Public Health Commission and all our partners for strong leadership to keep us heading in the right direction. The fastest way to help ensure we are relieving pressure on hospital capacity and driving down community positivity is to keep closing gaps with vaccination and boosters.
On Wednesday, the City Council will consider a request by Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester) for a formal hearing on whether the city is going too far with its restrictions.