Framingham Library & Health Departments To Collect & Distribute Cloth Face Masks Tuesday

FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham will start collecting homemade cloth face coverings at the drive-up book returns at both Library locations, 49 Lexington Street and 746 Water Street, announced the City in a press release today, April 19.

“The first phase of this project is collection,” said the City.

“Distribution information will be released in the coming days as the City receives donations,” said the City.

“People can find examples of how to make a homemade cloth face coverings from the Centers for Disease Control’s website. Once created,
please package the cloth face coverings in an envelope or plastic bag, and drop them off at the specially marked drive-up library book returns,” said the press release.

Earlier this week, the Framingham Board of Health voted unanimously on an order by Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer requesting all member of the public, ages 2 years and older, and employees of essential businesses to wear a clean face covering such as a cloth face mask, scarf or bandana over their mouths and noses and practice social distancing – standing a minimum of six feet apart from others.

The unanimous vote by the Board of Health is an advisory, as the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office said “a municipality can encourage people to wear face coverings in public on an advisory basis.” The advisory said that municipalities can not require or force individuals to wear face coverings in public.

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Photo courtesy of the CDC

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