State and City Issued Emergency Orders


Effective November 6, the Baker Polito Administration issued an order (PDF) requiring face coverings in any public space, regardless of social distancing by all people over the age of five, whether indoors or outdoors. Additionally, the order allows employers and schools to require employees and students who claim to be unable to wear a face covering because of a medical or disabling condition to provide proof. Also, requires face coverings in cars if carpooling with anyone outside of your household. This order supersedes and replaces previous orders.

On May 6, the Baker Polito Administration issued an order (PDF) mandating all residents over the age of two to use a face covering or mask in public places (both indoor and outdoor spaces) where maintaining proper social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not possible.

A face covering may include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including a mask, scarf or bandana. Health care masks should not be used and should be preserved for health care workers and first responders. Cloth masks should not be worn by young children under the age of two, persons with difficulty breathing, or those who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

On April 17th, Mayor Spicer and Framingham Board of Health issued an order (PDF) that all members of the public two years and older, and employees of essential businesses are to wear a clean face covering such as a cloth face mask, scarf, or bandana over their mouths and noses and practice social distancing – standing a minimum of six feet apart from others. Operators of essential services shall ensure their customers and employees are in compliance. Further, all members of the public aged two years and older entering, exiting, or occupying common areas of any multi-unit residential or commercial building shall wear a clean face covering and exercise social distancing.

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To create and fit your own face mask, please reference information from CDC.


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Graphic above includes the following text: New Face Covering Order effective November 6, 2020 ALL persons over the age of 5 years old are REQUIRED to wear a face covering over their mouth & nose when in a public location, whether indoors and outdoors:

- In any public streets and ways - Even when maintaining 6 feet of distance from others - In a carpool with non-household members - Going to the grocery stores, pharmacies, or other retail stores - Using public transportation, taxis, livery and other ridesharing vehicles - In any location that hosts indoor and outdoor events or performances

Face coverings SHOULD: - Fit snugly, allow for breathing without restriction - Be secured with ties or ear loops - Cover your nose and mouth

REMEMBER: - Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing your face covering - Wash your hands immediately after removing your face covering

View more information here, or contact the Framingham Department of Public Health (508) 532-5470.