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The mask mandate in Westport was reinstated as of Dec. 27, meaning all indoor public settings will require masks.

Mask mandate reinstated for public areas in Westport

Aidan Sprouls ’23, Staff Writer December 24, 2021

First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker announced that the mask mandate in Westport Connecticut, is being reinstated on Thursday Dec. 23, as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the town. Currently, according...

Staples’ mask mandate, which has been in place since 2020, is set to expire in mid-February, but may be extended after that time.

Students express views on continuous in-school mask mandate

Lea Rivel ’22 , Social Media Director November 22, 2021

Staples High School has required students and staff to wear masks in the building ever since the return to school in fall of 2020. This mandate is currently in place for schools in Connecticut but not...

The Coxsockie skin rash can develop on hands, feet and mouth, known to be an itchy discomfort and takes approximately seven to 10 days to go away.

Coxsackie viral infection spreads throughout Staples

Talia Varsano ’24, Staff Writer November 18, 2021

The infectious Coxsackie virus, otherwise known as hand, foot and mouth disease, has been spreading throughout the Staples community in recent weeks.  Liam Donaldson ’24, a safety and running back...

While Westport is classified as a town in the orange zone, COVID-19 cases in Westport Public Schools remain low.

Westport classified as an orange zone for COVID-19 cases

Meg Enquist ’23, Assistant Business Manager October 24, 2021

Westport was newly classified as an orange zone on Oct. 14, as there were 14 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, a decline from Westport being in the red zone on Oct. 8 with 17 COVID-19 cases per 100,000...

Sophie Spheeris ’23 and Finley Cohen ’23 take a mask break during their math period, second to last period on Friday.

Vaccinated students become more relaxed with mask wearing

Karlie Saed '23, Web features editor October 21, 2021

“Pull up your mask” is a term students hear on a daily basis throughout their school day. The majority of the Staples student and teacher population of the school is vaccinated, so some students feel...

Due to a policy change from the CT Department of Public Health, starting on Oct. 20, vaccinated high school and middle school teachers will have the option to remove their masks during class.

Mask restrictions lifted for vaccinated teachers

Jason Stein ’22, Staff Writer October 20, 2021

Staples High School teachers are no longer required to wear masks in the classroom, starting on Oct. 20. The CT Department of Public Health is permitting this option for all vaccinated teachers of grades...

Connecticut governor Ned Lamont lifted the mask mandate for vaccinated individuals on May 19, posting the above information on his twitter account, @GovNedLamont. Local businesses have differed in their approaches to lifting the mask mandate, and Staples will not be lifting the mandate for this year.

Westport’s differing mask protocols create issues with consistency, facilitate stigma and confusion

A customer impatiently taps their foot against the floor as they wait in line, longing to get outside and breathe fresh air. “Why do we still have to wear these things?” they ask the person behind...

An overview of the major changes expressed in Superintendent Thomas Scarice’s update, including an update on mask policy.

Westport schools update COVID guidance, masks at recess not required

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Paper News Editor June 4, 2021

As part of the announcement that Westport schools will not be offering district learning next year, Superintendent Thomas Scarice also announced that masks will no longer be required outside at recess...

While currently masks are required in school classrooms across the state until the end of the school year, the case may be very different come August.

Time to re-enter the world, vaccinated and maskless

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Paper News Editor June 2, 2021

Recently, the CDC and state governments across the country announced that, with some exceptions, masks will no longer need to be worn by those who are fully vaccinated. Of course, this doesn’t mean every...

She La La, a retail business, along with other buildings in Westport, have put signs in their storefront to inform customers of their mask policy.

Connecticut stores, restaurants individually decide mask mandates for vaccinated customers

Margot Richlin ’23, Web Opinions Editor June 1, 2021

Starbucks and Trader Joe’s are amongst the first stores to lift indoor mask mandates since Governor Ned Lamont changed Connecticut’s mask guidelines on May 19.  In Connecticut, fully vaccinated...

Vaccine cards can serve as a way to verify the vaccination status of individuals. New York introduced a new vaccination verification app, the Excelsior Pass, to help people share their vaccination statuses according to the National Public Radio.

Vaccination “honor system” warrants not so honorable outcome

Gabriella Gerig ’23, Paper Sports Editor May 27, 2021

Connecticut launched into a new phase of COVID-19 safety regulations on May 19. All sector regulations for reopening were lifted, with the exception of certain mask-wearing mandates. Masks are no longer...

An overview of the major changes resulting from the last COVID-19 guidance across the state.

Masks no longer required indoors if fully vaccinated

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Paper News Editor May 18, 2021

After over a year of mask-wearing and social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the end may finally be near with new CDC guidance.  “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things...

Sophie Spheeris ’23 stands in front of a sign after receiving her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, only a couple of weeks after it opened up for 16 years and older.

CDC eases mask guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals

Karlie Saed ’23, Web Features Editor May 4, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated new guidelines for individuals who have received both of their COVID-19 vaccinations. As of April 27, those who have received both shots are...

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