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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...

Amid rising vaccinations, Governor Ned Lamont announced that CT will lift COVID business restrictions on May 1 and May 19.

Lamont announces refined outdoor business restrictions for May

Maya Hruskar '23, Paper News Editor April 30, 2021

Outdoor business restrictions in Connecticut will be phased out on May 1, followed by indoor restrictions on May 19, Governor Ned Lamont announced in a press conference on April 19. Movie theatres,...

As masks prove extremely useful to fight off COVID-19, they introduce new opportunities to protect against other illnesses such as the flu.

Wearing masks after COVID-19 can limit spread of flu

Maddy Tansley ’23, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

Over the course of the pandemic, masks have become a necessity for anyone planning on leaving their house to go to school, restaurants or shops. With masks being the new norm, it raises the question of...

Arden Scherer’s ’21 homemade masks ready to be sent to hospitals that, at the time, had a mask shortage.

Students reflect on bright side of COVID-19

Max Dorsey ’21, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

It has almost been a year since Staples first closed its doors due to COVID-19. The past year has been miserable in some form for everyone. Loved ones, jobs, senior years, school dances, parties, events...

Connecticut is set to open 100% on March 19

Connecticut to ease COVID-19 restrictions

Jack Dennison ’21, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

Governor Ned Lamont introduced changes to COVID-19 restrictions in Connecticut on March 3, which will go into effect on March 19. These changes include the elimination of capacity limitations on restaurants,...

Grace Fuori ’23 is shown properly wearing her double masks, and says she is ready to wear them in public if need be.

The second Covid-19 strand ushers tentativeness about double masks

Sydney Chinitz '23, Staff Writer March 1, 2021

The new, more infectious strand of the Covid-19 virus reached the United States from the United Kingdom on Jan. 2 according to Advisory Board. This strand, also known as B.1.1.7,  is up to 70% more transmissible...

Elementary and middle schools are returning to full in person learning on Feb. 1.

Return to full in-person learning prompts questions

Eloise Ahl '21 January 31, 2021

After many months of a hybrid schedule, elementary and middle schools students are scheduled to return to full in-person school on Feb. 1, but it is still unclear when high school students would be able...

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