Face Masks Required Indoors - Effective 12/30/2021
AN EMERGENCY ORDER FROM THE PLYMOUTH BOARD OF HEALTH
REQUIRING FACE MASKS IN ALL PUBLIC INDOOR SETTINGS
WHEREAS, on May 28, 2021, Governor Charles Baker declared, pursuant to Section 2A of Chapter 17 of the General Laws, that an emergency exists that is detrimental to the public health in the Commonwealth;
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that unvaccinated persons over the age of two (2) wear a mask in indoor public places; and fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
WHEREAS, there has been an increase in infections from the COVID-19 Delta variant and the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.
WHEREAS, local boards of health are empowered to pass reasonable public health regulations which may be more restrictive than the measures set forth by the Governor, to protect the public health by taking steps to prevent the spread of disease, pursuant to M.G.L. c. 111 §§ 31 and 122.
NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to M.G.L. c. 111 §§ 31 and 104, the Plymouth Board of Health hereby orders the following:
Effective at 12:01am December 30, 2021 face masks covering both the mouth and nose are required for all individuals aged two years and above in all indoor public spaces, houses of worship, or private spaces open to the public except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability.
Food service establishment customers may only remove face coverings when seated.
Indoor performance venue customers may only remove face coverings in the actual act of eating and drinking, if permitted in the venue.
The mask requirement shall not apply to performers, while performing, provided that they are at least 6 feet away from any customers and other performers.
Members, visitors and employees in private membership clubs are required to wear face coverings while indoors.
Lodging guests and workers are required to wear face coverings when inside hallways and common areas.
Residents, visitors and employees in multi-unit homes and apartments are required to wear face coverings when inside common hallways and spaces.
Fitness Center/Health Club workers, customers, and visitors are required to wear face coverings during fitness activity, including strenuous activity.
At Personal Services establishments, including, but not limited to, barber shops, hair and nail salons, all customers and workers are required to wear face coverings, except for skin or beard care that occurs on the face, where the customer may temporarily remove the face covering but must immediately put the face covering back on for the remainder of the visit.
Masks remain mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, and buses), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.
All entry doors of businesses open to the public must post notice advising customers that face masks must be worn inside the establishment.
This Order shall not apply to informal gatherings at private residences in which no compensation for use of the property is paid to the owner.
The Acting Town Manager working with Town staff will develop criteria for consideration for specific businesses which will be submitted to the Board of Health for review and approval.
This mandate will be in effect until February 28, 2022.
Until rescinded, the BOH will discuss the status of this order based on COVID-19 cases and infection trends within Plymouth, Plymouth County, and the state of Massachusetts at each BOH meeting.
Because of the rapid spread of the disease, action must be taken on an emergency basis before publication can be achieved. Publication nevertheless will be undertaken and notification will be placed on the town website and at the entrance of every facility in which this applies.
The Town of Plymouth Board of Health expects all individuals to comply with this Order. The Board of Health or its designated agent pursuant to G. L. c. 111, § 30, are authorized to enforce this Order in response to complaints involving non-compliance.
Effective Date: December 30, 2021.
NOTE: The Plymouth Select Board cannot overrule a Board of Health Mandate