Coronavirus: Face Masks Will Soon Be Mandatory In Somerville, Cambridge


SOMERVILLE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Starting on Wednesday, Somerville and Cambridge will require everyone to wear a face mask while they are out in public.

Anyone who does not cover their face could be hit with a $300 fine.

In Cambridge, the order applies to everyone over the age of five. And in Somerville, it applies to anyone over two years old.

"Nobody wants to be the person that infects the grocery store worker, our elders, our neighbors, those with underlying chronic illnesses or conditions," Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said.

There's a one-week grace period before the fines will be issued.

Somerville is also offering free COVID-19 tests at Somerville Hospital. Another site is also planned for East Somerville.

WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports

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