BOSTON — An executive order that requires the public to wear a face covering while in public when social distancing is not possible went into effect Wednesday.
Gov. Charlie Baker signed the order last week that applies to anyone over the age of 2 who is unable to maintain a distance of 6 feet from another person, whether they are inside or outside. Anyone unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition is exempt.
The requirement applies to all workers and customers of businesses and other organizations that are open to the public.
Baker said face coverings are an easy, critically important and essential step to stop or slow the spread of the coronavirus.
“We view this a as common-sense way to set a statewide standard for the long term as we work to get back to a new normal,” Baker said.