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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Prevent Making Others Sick or Getting Sick Yourself

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Remain Vigilant and Be Safe

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.

  1. Keep a 6-foot distance with people from outside your household
  2. Cover your nose and mouth when inside a public space and when a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained outside
  3. Wash your hands for at least 20-seconds, frequently, and before and after you leave your house
  4. Sanitize personal items taken with you in public, such as your wallet, credit card, keys, eyewear, as well as your steering wheel and door handle

Find the infographic further below for additional information.


Face Coverings in Public Spaces

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. 

  • the mask must cover your nose and mouth whenever entering a public space 
  • always be prepared to wear one by having one with you whenever leaving your home or property
  • MassDPH created a short video explaining what face coverings are appropriate for use
  • If you are walking around your neighborhood or on the trails, be prepared to don a mask in case physical distancing becomes difficult 
  • Parents, please speak to your children about this order and ensure they have a face covering with them when they leave the house and to put it on in a public space where a 6-foot distance cannot be obtained.

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.


Avoiding Cross-Contamination When Using Masks and Gloves

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. 


PHYSICAL Distancing Can Save Lives

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.  


Social Gathering Prevention Measures Remain in Place

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.

  • All municipal, recreation, and school playgrounds are closed  
  • Dogs must be on leash on all Weston land at all times (that means all sidewalks, trails, & fields)
  • Outdoor group activities are prohibited - off-leash group dog play on fields, outdoor games (including golf, tennis, basketball), or informal "pickup" activities, even if less than 10 in number 
  • MassDCR-owned Leo J. Martin public golf course is closed
  • Regis College sports and recreation facilities are closed
  • School fields, track, and courts are closed 
  • Municipal, Recreation, Conservation parks, fields, and trails can be accessed by individuals and families from the same household - group activities are prohibited. See Weston.org/Trails for additional information
  • Cat Rock is closed to out of town visitors and dogs MUST be leashed
  • Town Election and Annual Town Meeting have been postponed - no date yet determined - see message from Town Clerk regarding absentee/mail-in ballot applications
  • Government meetings are held online
  • Municipal buildings are closed at least until May 18th and school buildings are closed for the remaining school year
  • All school children should remain at home and avoid public gathering places - going outdoors for play and fresh air is OK so long as group activity is limited to immediate family and a 6-foot physical distance is maintained


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Weston Board of Heath About COVID_5.20

COVID-19 Infographic
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