New Jersey followed the CDC’s lead in loosening school protocols, but federal health officials still recommend masks in parts of the state. (Shutterstock)NEW JERSEY — With recent declines in COVID-19 transmission and hospitalizations, federal health officials dialed back mask guidance Thursday in New Jersey. But the CDC said that people in seven New Jersey should still wear face coverings for indoor, public spaces.The agency’s guidance doesn’t trigger any mask mandates for the state. But it can help families make more informed choices with school around the corner.