Gov. Baker Mandates Face Coverings in Public

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BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration has ordered all residents over the age of two to use a face covering or mask in public places where maintaining proper social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not possible.

This statewide order goes into effect on May 6, 2020, and supersedes previously issued guidance relative to mask use. 

This order applies to all workers and customers of businesses and other organizations that are currently open to the public and permitted to operate as COVID-19 Essential Businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail stores.

Residents are also required to wear a mask or face covering at all times when using any means of transportation service or public mass transit.

The City of Framingham issued a similiar order last month.

The Town of Ashland has the same order and it went into effect today, May 1.

A face covering may include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including a mask, scarf or bandana. Health care masks should not be used and should be preserved for health care workers and first responders.

Cloth masks should not be worn by young children under the age of two, persons with difficulty breathing, or those who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Instructions on how to make a cloth mask are available from the CDC here.

Read the Order here.

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