May 13 2020

Board of Health Providing Volunteer-Made Masks to Residents

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Board of Health is encouraging people to follow Gov. Charlie Baker’s order to wear masks when in public buildings or in public and can’t social distance and have enlisted volunteers to help make it easier for residents to do so. 


“We have volunteers who are making masks for the community,” Health Director Susan Lumenello said during Tuesday night’s Board of Health meeting. “We have a list of people who have requested masks and we have been getting them out to them.” 


She added that depending on how fast the volunteers can make the masks and how many requests the board gets it should take about a week for people to receive them after they put in a request. Each household can request up to two masks. 


“Our volunteers have made hundreds of masks,” Lumenello said of the effort thus far. “I haven’t done the count but at least 300 to 400 masks have gone out. It’s been pretty successful and people have been grateful to get them.” 


She also said that if anyone is making masks, the Board of Health will accept them if they wish to donate. 


If you are in need of a mask, contact the Board of Health via email at or by phone at 781-270-1955.


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