May 3 2020

Gov. Baker Orders Facial Coverings in Stores and When Physical Distancing Not Possible in Public

By: Rich Hosford

Starting mid-week anyone who goes into a store in Massachusetts or is outside in situations where physical distancing is not possible will have to cover their face. 


Last Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker issued an order that requires all people to wear a mask or other facial covering in all grocery and retail stores, on public transportation, and in public when they are unable to stay at least six feet away from people they do not live with. The order goes into effect on Wednesday, May 6. 


There are some exceptions. Babies under 2 years old do not have to wear masks. Anyone who can't wear a mask due to a medical condition recognized by the Department of Public Health are also exempt. 


“We view this as common sense and an important way, on a statewide basis, to establish for the long term a set of standards for what we would call the new normal,” Baker said.


Click Here for a recent feature on a young mask maker.


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