STONEHAM — Emergency Management Director and Fire Chief Matthew Grafton and Health Agent John Fralick announce that the Board of Health will host a drive-through mask distribution event this weekend.
Saturday, May 9, from noon to 4 p.m.
Stoneham High School, 149 Franklin St.
The drive-through mask distribution will serve Stoneham residents only, and residents will be required to show their ID prior to receiving masks.
Masks will be limited to five per car, as there is a limited quantity available at this time. A community resource packet will also be distributed with all mask packs.
Town officials would also like to remind community members that face masks or cloth face coverings must now be worn in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19, per an order by Gov. Baker on May 1. The order requires anyone in public unable to remain socially distant, a minimum of six feet away from others, to wear a face covering. This order applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Those under the age of 2 or with certain health conditions identified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) are exempt from the requirement.
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.
This order remains in effect until further notice. Further guidance from the DPH is available at mass.gov/coveryourface.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still advises those wearing a face covering to practice social distancing in public when possible, as COVID-19 is believed to be transmitted through respiratory droplets produced when someone with the virus talks, sneezes our coughs. Wearing a face covering helps prevent those who may have COVID-19 and are asymptomatic from passing the virus to others, according to the CDC.