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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signs order requiring masks or face coverings



BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today issued an order requiring the use of masks or face coverings in public places where they cannot socially distance from others.

The Baker-Polito Administration has ordered all residents over the age of two to use a face covering or mask in public places where maintaining proper social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not possible. This statewide order goes into effect on May 6th and supersedes previously issued guidance relative to mask use.

This order applies to all workers and customers of businesses and other organizations that are currently open to the public and permitted to operate as COVID-19 Essential Businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail stores. Residents are also required to wear a mask or face covering at all times when using any means of transportation service or public mass transit.

A face covering may include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including a mask, scarf or bandana. Health care masks should not be used and should be preserved for health care workers and first responders. Cloth masks should not be worn by young children under the age of two, persons with difficulty breathing, or those who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

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  1. Eboucher

    May 1, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Who’s supplying me with a mask?

  2. Mikey Morty

    May 1, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Charlie Bakedup can order little green leprechauns to sprinkle coronadust on The Marc Dion show, and? This is a test of power nothing more. All those who want masks in public can simply stay home. Imagine that we are being humiliated like insolent children forced to transform the way we live and function because of a seasonal flu. Yes people have died and more will follow but the numbers are minimal to what Dr. Fauci and his boss Bill Gates warned about. In most cases thousands of times lower. Wearing a mask causes the wearer to breath in their own CO2 which causes dizziness and fainting. Funny how all the greenies call CO2 toxic but will be breathing it in at levels much higher than are in the atmosphere. Save a tree by not wearing a mask and releasing the CO2 they need as food.

    • DSP

      May 2, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      The pseudo-intellectual with the cartoon name is trying to talk smart again. Everyone pull up a chair.

      • Mikey Morty

        May 3, 2020 at 11:39 am

        DSP; Log into the store and try some of the amazing supplements like brain force, or the X2 nascent iodine that could help repair your calcified pineal gland. You’ve been consuming toxic levels of fluoride your entire life which in turn has reduced your IQ by at least 40 points. Next time your are suffering from a respiratory illness likely caused by the chemtrails you fail to notice as your gasping for clean air, try some oxy-silver from my friend Dr. Leonard Horowitz. You see DSP I am a prohumanist not a transhumanist like the people who are mapping your destiny.

        • DSP

          May 4, 2020 at 9:53 am

          “Next time your are” -Mr. Intellect

          I’m pretty sure we learned proof reading in 6th grade. I would be contacting whatever online college that you got your “degree” from so you can request a refund. They failed you.

          • Mikey Morty

            May 4, 2020 at 6:34 pm

            wow you got me. I give up. I am no longer going to be a sensible human being. I will join your abortion cult. I wil no longer be a fixed gender I will be fluid so that you may have your way with me. You are the intellect of the universe and I am a mere moron. Hail to your father Lucifer! Let me know when the next meeting is and I will sacrafice myself for the cause.

  3. DSP

    May 5, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    There is nothing to give up considering you have never been a sensible human being, or an adult for that matter. Daddy wasn’t there?

    Your next meeting should probably be at SSTAR.

  4. SocialCrusticeCrusader

    May 5, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Hey Mikey; watch out for this troll DSP, he is a rascist like Trump and his followers.

    • Mikey Morty

      May 7, 2020 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks crusty but I can handle FR’s top nitwits. Must be Russian Collusion…
      DSP is a big Rachel Maddow fan so things aren’t looking too good for them.

  5. arf

    May 8, 2020 at 1:06 am

    Face masks for the public during the covid-19 crisis
    BMJ 2020; 369 (Published 09 April 2020)
    “The evidence base on the efficacy and acceptability of the different types of face mask in preventing respiratory infections during epidemics is sparse and contested.”

    The Lancet Respiratory (March 20, 2020)
    Rational use of face masks in the COVID-19 pandemic
    “Universal face mask use in the community has also been discouraged with the argument that face masks provide no effective protection against coronavirus infection.”

    There is little to no evidence supporting the universal use of face masks in an epidemic. Maybe some support for use if symptomatic.

    Authors usually end up supporting face mask use on the argument that it’s better than nothing, it’s relatively cheap, and no downside. I might argue the downside part, if it dives people a false sense of security. Sort of like the back support vests popular in the 1990’s. It didn’t help, likely made things worse, as people thought they were Superman because they had a back vest.

    So, fair enough, use it if you want. But with microscopic evidence supporting use, should we really put the force of government behind it?

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