The Town of Braintree has implemented an emergency order regarding face covering requirements that shall be effective at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
BRAINTREE -- Mayor Charles C. Kokoros has issued an emergency order regarding face coverings in the Town of Braintree in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The order requires face coverings to be worn by members of the general public who are in the communal areas of all residential or commercial buildings. The order also applies to anyone entering an essential business as defined by Gov. Charlie Baker’s Executive Orders, as well as employees of essential businesses.
The order will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. today.
The face coverings are recommended to be a fabric mask, scarf or bandanna, and should not be surgical masks or N-95 respirators as those supplies are needed by medical professionals and first responders.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cloth face coverings should:
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties and/or ear loops
- Include multiple layers of fabric
- Allow for breathing without restriction
- Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change in shape
Additional guidance regarding wearing and making a cloth face covering can be found on the CDC website.
Residents are also reminded that they should only be leaving home to purchase essentials or to get to essential jobs,and should continue to practice aggressive social distancing and appropriate personal hygiene.
"This decision was made with our community’s health and best interests as the top priority," Mayor Kokoros said. "Though wearing a face covering in public is an important public health measure, this emergency order is also being implemented to reinforce to residents the importance of staying home."
See the full Emergency Order for the Town of Braintree here.
For more information on COVID-19,visit the Town of Braintree’s website at briantreema.gov. visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) website by clicking here and the CDC website by clicking here.