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As we look towards the Four-Phased Approach to reopen the state, there remains four critical elements to keeping yourself and others safe from contracting the virus.
Find the infographic further below for additional information.
Gov. Baker issued an executive order for all Massachusetts residents to wear a facial covering when in a public space (indoors or out) and when social distancing is not possible. This order applies to all individuals over the age of 2. This order was issued to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus as individuals could be asymptomatic, yet be quite contagious.
All individuals are asked not to use medical-grade masks for personal use, as these should be reserved for first-responders and medical personnel due to the difficulty in obtaining the amount needed to safely perform their jobs. Additional details can be found in the executive order itself.
Wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) is new to many of us and it is easy for it to give us a false sense of security. Please follow the links below to videos that demonstrate how to safely use PPE without contaminating yourself, which could continue the spread of the virus.
We understand that staying at home is increasingly difficult and the mandatory face covering order is going to bring some relief to those who did not venture out, but remember that increased hand washing, sanitizing, and maintaining a 6-foot physical distance is still the best way to help keep the spread of the virus down.
If you are not observing a 6-foot physical distance when in public (indoors or out) or covering your nose and mouth in public spaces, or following essential hygiene protocols, then do so. This is about other people’s lives.
Many measures have been put in place to dissuade people from social gatherings in order to reduce community spread of the virus that causes the potentially fatal COVID-19 disease. The mandatory face covering order will not automatically end these measures. Please continue following these emergency measures and practice safe physical distancing. The Emergency Management Team is currently reviewing when and how these measures can be lifted and is awaiting guidance from the state. Your continued cooperation is greatly appreciated.