TYNGSBOROUGH — Town Administrator Matt Hanson, Chief Richard D. Howe and the Tyngsborough Board of Health would like to remind residents of the new state order regarding the use of face masks or coverings in public.
Residents will need to wear a face mask or covering when out in public situations where social distancing may be hard to maintain, such as when shopping at essential businesses like grocery stores or pharmacies, per the order issued by Gov. Charlie Baker last week.
This applies to all members of the general public age 2 and older, and goes into effect on Wednesday, May 6.
Masks should not be worn by young children under the age of 2, persons with difficulty breathing, or those who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings do not have to be surgical masks or N-95 respirators, which should be left for medical professionals and first responders. Information about how to properly remove and make your own face mask can be found on the CDC’s website here.
“This order is an unprecedented, but necessary step to help prevent any further spread of the virus and keep the public safe,” said Town Administrator Hanson. “Many of us are wearing a face covering and taking other precautions when out in public already, and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation in following all state and local orders regarding COVID-19.”
Key elements to remember when wearing a face covering include:
- It should fit snugly against the side of your face
- It should be secured with ties or ear loops
- It should have multiple layers of fabric
- It should allow for breathing without restriction
- Fabric face coverings should be cleaned after each use and should be machine washable and dryer safe
- Always remove the mask directly into the laundry or trash and then immediately wash your hands
- Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing your mask
This order remains in effect until further notice. Further guidance from the Department of Public Health is available at mass.gov/coveryourface.
“Residents should continue to practice social distancing when out in public, even if they are wearing a face mask, in order to prevent further spread of the virus,” Chief Howe said. “We thank everyone for their continued cooperation. These steps can go a long way towards keep everyone in the community healthy.”
Information and guidance regarding COVID-19 will be posted on the town’s website: http://www.tyngsboroughma.gov/.