Coronavirus USA Updates: Face coverings required in Massachusetts

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Coronavirus USA Updates: Face coverings required in Massachusetts
Coronavirus USA Updates: Face coverings required in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed an executive order requiring all residents to wear a face covering while in public, in situations where social distancing can’t be practiced, he said Friday.

The order is set to go into effect on May 6.

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It will apply to all workers and customers of businesses, including retail and grocery stores, and while using public transportation. The order doesn’t apply to children younger than 2.

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“If everybody’s wearing a mask, it will dramatically reduce the opportunity and possibility of spread,” Baker said. “This is going to be a way of life.”

As of Thursday, Massachusetts had 62,205 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3,562 fatalities, nearly 60% of which were reported at long-term care facilities.

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Baker said that although the state has seen a slight decline in its COVID-19 numbers, the drop is not enough to consider reopening.

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