Mayor ‘disappointed’ in Murphy mask decision

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Brick Township Mayor John Ducey at a store opening in 2019. PHOTO BY MARK R.SULLIVAN

BRICK TOWNSHIP — Mayor John G. Ducey is not in favor of Gov. Phil Murphy’s decision to maintain New Jersey’s indoor mask mandate, despite new guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] that suggests vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

“I am disappointed that New Jersey is the only state in the Northeast that has not dropped the indoor mask mandate for vaccinated people,” Mayor Ducey told The Ocean Star in an email. “I know at one time the state was supposedly following the CDC guidelines but now I’m wondering what guidelines, if any, the state is following.”

On Friday, May 14, Gov. Murphy said New Jersey will adopt the CDC’s recommendation once 70 percent of New Jerseyans are fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

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“It’s only a matter of time if you’re in a business and a public setting,” Gov. Murphy said at the time, in regard to dropping the state’s mask mandate. “We’re not there yet. We’re frankly not there yet.”

Mayor Ducey last disagreed with state officials over mask usage in early May, when he wrote the secretary of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to request his office reverse an order mandating the use of masks at outdoor farmers markets.

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