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Emergency Order Issued for Public to Wear Face Coverings

Emergency Order Issued for Public to Wear Face Coverings

A declaration of public health emergency has been issued today by City of Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch and Commissioner of Public Health Ruth Jones requiring all members of the public and employees of essential businesses to wear face-coverings in situations where social distancing is not possible.

All members of the public entering any essential business as defined by Governor Charlie Baker’s Covid-19 Executive Orders, including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies and home improvement stores must wear a face covering, such as a mask, fabric mask, scarf or bandana, over his or her mouth and nose. The face coverings recommended are cloth, not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, which should be left for medical professionals and first responders. The CDC website provides information on making a cloth face covering.

All members of the public entering a restaurant for the purpose of picking up food for take-out must wear a face covering. In addition, all employees of all essential businesses shall wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when interacting with the public and within six feet of a co-worker. Employers and employees must use previously prescribed protocols and guidelines for personal protective equipment such as gloves. Any resident or member of the general public entering or exiting a residential or commercial building complex of greater than one unit must wear a face covering while in common areas and communal spaces and must exercise social distancing in these spaces in accordance with CDC guidelines.

The order reinforces the importance of residents staying home, and covering their faces should they need to go out. Residents are reminded that they should only be leaving home to purchase essentials or to get to their essential jobs.

To view the signed order, please click here

To view the CDC guide on proper use of a cloth face mask, please click here.

To view a video of the Surgeon General making a cloth mask, please click here