Lawrence Now Enforcing Face Mask Order, $300 Fine To Violators

LAWRENCE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The city of Lawrence is now enforcing their face mask order that was first issued nearly two weeks ago.

Anyone older than 5 years old is required to wear a face mask while out in public. Violators could face a $300 fine.

The executive order first went into effect on April 29.

While speaking Nightside with Dan Rea Thursday night, Mayor Dan Rivera said, "when you're sixth, when we did this we were actually seventh, in overall infections and fifth in per capita infections in the Commonwealth, we got to do something with this stuff."

"How serious is it really? Well, it's the first time since the Civil War we've had a national state of emergency, a state of emergency at the state level, and a local state of emergency for this long. We're going on two months with, some would say, no end in sight. School was cancelled. So, I think desperate times call for desperate measures, and we want people to be safe. And doing just the face mask gets you halfway to reducing the spread of this."

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