Massachusetts mask order goes into effect

FALL RIVER, M.A. (WLNE) — People in Massachusetts are now required to wear face coverings when out in public.

Governor Charlie Baker’s state-wide order went into effect Wednesday morning.

The order applies to anyone over the age of 2 who is unable to stay 6 feet away from others at all times, regardless of if they’re inside or outdoors.

“It’s not just about protecting yourself, it’s about protecting your friends, your family, and your co-workers,” Governor Baker explained Tuesday at a press conference in Fall River.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is enforcing the measure with help from local and state police. Violators could face up to a $300 fine.

“I thought I would see more people wearing masks, and I see that they are not,” said Fall River resident Leo Gagne. “It’s something that is upsetting.”

Doctors say face masks are quite effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Governor Baker is discouraging people from using medical-grade masks, asking them to save those for healthcare workers.

Under the new order, businesses may turn away customers who refuse to wear a mask, even for medical reasons.

Rhode Island’s face mask order begins on Friday.

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