Mandatory Face Covering in Essential Businesses
Pursuant to the declaration of a public health state of emergency on March 16, 2020, and all other authorizing statutes and regulations, acting by and through its agent authorized under MGL c. 111, §31 we, the Milford Board of Health of the Town of Milford, Massachusetts, hereby order the following:
- All members of the public aged 5 years of age and older entering any essential business as defined by Governor Baker's Covid-19 Executive Orders, including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores and the like must wear a cloth face covering, such as a fabric mask, scarf or bandana, over his or her nose and mouth. All members of the public aged 5 years of age and older entering a restaurant for the purpose of picking up food for take-out must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth.
- All grocery stores, retail stores and food service establishment staff must wear a face covering. Gloves must be readily available and used as necessary to avoid touching "ready to eat foods". Glove use is not a substitution for frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer. All other 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.
- Any resident or member of the general public aged 5 years of age and older entering or exiting a residential or commercial building complex of greater than one (1) unit must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while in common areas and communal spaces and must exercise social distancing in these spaces in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
Please note per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) face covering guidelines, face coverings should not be placed on young children under 2-years-old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
This emergency order shall be effective beginning Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6:00 AM and remain in effect until notice is given, pursuant to the Board of Health's judgment, that the Public Health Emergency no longer exists. To the extent necessary, Board of Health officials shall enforce this Order.
Local businesses not adhering to the requirements will face fines of $100 per incident.
If you have any questions, please call or email the Milford Board of Health at (508) 634-2315.
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