COVID-19 Prevention

Face Coverings

Face Coverings Order:

Effective April 30th, the Face Coverings Order will be relaxed for some outdoor settings.

Read: Governor's COVID-19 Order #67 (issued April 29, 2021)

Governor Baker issued a revised Order effective April 30, 2021 requiring people to wear masks or face-coverings in indoor public places and outdoors when they are unable to maintain 6 feet from other people.

  • Face coverings are still required at all times in indoor public places. 
  • Face coverings also continue to be required at all times at events, whether held indoors or outdoors and whether held in a public space or private home, except for when eating or drinking.
  • At smaller gatherings in private homes, face coverings are recommended but not required.

Emergency Order Mandating Face Coverings:   Effective at 12:01 a.m., May 4, 2020 any individual who is age five (5) years or older, and not otherwise exempt per CDC guidelines, shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a clean mask or face covering (e.g. disposable mask, cloth mask, face shield, bandana, scarf) when in or at any location open to the general public including all indoor locations open to the public, outdoor premises of private locations open to the public, and all public outdoor locations (e.g., parks, playgrounds, athletic facilities, sidewalks, streets, public squares, paths, all Town property).

Why do we need to wear face masks? In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms.

When do you need to wear a face covering/mask? A cloth face covering should be worn whenever people are in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people. These settings include grocery stores and pharmacies. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing. 

Do I still need to stay 6 feet apart from other if I am wearing a face covering/mask? YES.

What type of face cover/mask should be worn? Cloth face coverings can be made from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost.

Who should not wear face coverings/masks? Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.

Wear a Mask

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Cleaning and Disinfection

Cleaning and Disinfection

Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.

Clean high touch surfaces with soap and water. 

Disinfect with an EPA-registered household disinfectant or diluted bleach solution.

Non-bleach alternatives, like ≥70% alcohol solutions, can also be used to disinfect.

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