Massachusetts Communities Issue Face Mask Orders To Limit COVID-19's Spread
On Monday evening, an executive order went into effect in Connecticut requiring anyone in public to wear a face mask of some sort if they can't stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
That's the recommended distance to avoid spread of the coronavirus.
Massachusetts has advised its residents do the same, but some cities in the Bay State are going a step further.
Outside the Stop and Shop in Northampton, Massachusetts, a sign featured a smiling cartoon figure holding a mask, informing customers of the new order requiring they cover their faces.
Ernest Jerry Johnson was coming out. He had a cart full of groceries and a mask on his face.
Shopper Barbara Plante, who was also wearing a mask, agreed.
"I think it’s absolutely necessary because if we’re going to beat this virus, we’ve got to contain it," she said. "It’s just going to come back with a vengeance if we don’t separate and wear masks.
The order, which covers customers and employees of essential businesses like supermarkets, was issued by Northampton’s public health director, Merridith O’Leary.
She said it’s intended to not only slow the spread of the virus but protect front-line workers in places where 6-foot separations can’t be guaranteed.
Jett says the fine would be $50. Northampton is not planning to issue fines, but most customers are covering their faces if they know about the order.