EVERETT, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Facial coverings will be a mandatory requirement in all public spaces in the City of Everett starting this week.
According to an Executive Order signed by Mayor Carlo DeMaria, as of Monday, August 10, anyone over the age of two-years-old must wear a clean face mask or face covering when in any indoor or outdoor space that is open to the public in Everett.
"Locations include, but are not limited to: parks, businesses, outdoor spaces, and all public spaces," said Mayor DeMaria. "Those visiting a restaurant may take their mask for the consumption of food and beverage, but must adhere to the mask order when entering, exiting, or moving about an establishment. This order will remain in effect until further notice."
The Everett Police Department, Everett Health Department, and Inspectional Services have been ordered to strictly enforce the City's new facial covering guidelines, and to issue warnings and/or violations to those who are not adhering to the Order, including a possible fine up to $300 per violation.
"I know these measures may seem extreme; however, this virus is extreme," said DeMaria. "As we continue to grapple with the spread of the coronavirus, the response to mitigate the current pandemic and flatten the curve has to be more vigorous. We must all understand the seriousness of the virus and work with one another as we get through this period of time together."
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