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After 14 months of coronavirus lockdown and mask-wearing, life in large part is back to normal May 29, city officials have decided. (Photo: Tyler Motes)

The city will align with the state in lifting its remaining Covid-19 restrictions on May 29 and end its public health emergency in Cambridge effective June 15, officials said Friday. That will end the city’s eviction moratorium.

The ramifications of all this are expected to be discussed at Monday’s meeting of the City Council immediately after public comment.

This means masks won’t be required for vaccinated people in Cambridge as of May 29, officials said, pointing to a state Department of Public Health advisory that itself follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. Residents are still encouraged to follow the state and CDC recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Somerville is also lifting restrictions along state guidelines starting May 29, officials said Tuesday.

Unvaccinated youth are urged to go on wearing masks in Cambridge when participating in sports and when outdoors and unable to be at least 6 feet apart. “This important mitigation practice should be continued at least until the public health emergency is lifted on June 15, and I ask that all parents, caregivers, coaches and teachers encourage unvaccinated youth to continue wearing masks until that time,” said Assaad J. Sayah, commissioner of public health.

Individual businesses may also go on requiring masks. They are also still required in public and private transit, where children gather, in health care facilities and congregate living settings such as group homes.

City Manager Louis A. DePasquale said the steps were warranted by low rates of coronavirus infection. Cambridge’s seven-day moving average of cases per 100,000 residents is under three cases, making for a positivity rate for Covid-19 tests of 0.11 percent, DePasquale said Friday, and 68 percent of residents have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

“Our data-driven interventions were designed to get us to this point of turning a corner on the pandemic and beginning to establish a new normal,” DePasquale said. “These numbers reflect the hard work that we have collectively engaged in over the past year.” Cambridge’s public health emergency went into effect March 19, 2020.

He encouraged all residents to get vaccinated and reminded that the city provides free Covid-19 testing at sites citywide.

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This post took significant amounts of material from a press release.