On May 1, 2020, Governor Baker announced COVID-19 Order 31 which requires the wearing of mask or cloth face coverings in public places effective Wednesday, May 6th. The full text of the Order is available to download here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/may-1-2020-masks-and-face-coverings/download
Please note, the order outlines several specifications and exemptions. Please review the specifics carefully to see if any apply to your specific situation.
Excerpt from Order 31:
Effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020, any person over age two who is in a place open to
the public in the Commonwealth, whether indoor or outdoor, and is unable to or does not
maintain a distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth
and nose with a mask or cloth face covering, except where a person is unable to wear a mask or
face covering due to a medical condition or the person is otherwise exempted by Department of
Public Health guidance. A person who declines to wear a mask or cloth face covering because of
a medical condition shall not be required to produce documentation verifying the condition. This
requirement applies to all workers and customers of businesses and other organizations open to
the public that are permitted to operate as COVID-19 Essential Businesses as defined in
Appendix A ofCOVID-19Order13, as extended by COVID-19 Orders 21and30.
All persons are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings at all times when inside
grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retail stores. All persons are also required to wear masks
or cloth face coverings when providing or using the services of any taxi, car, livery, ride-sharing,
or similar service or any means of mass public transit, or while within an enclosed or semienclosed
transit stop or waiting area.
All persons are strongly discouraged from using medical-grade masks to meet the
requirements of this Order, as medical-grade masks should be reserved for healthcare workers
and first responders.
The Commissioner of Public Health is directed to issue guidance, subject to my approval,
to implement the terms of this Order, which shall include guidance for the use of face coverings
by children between the ages of two and five years old.
If a customer refuses to wear a mask or cloth face covering for non-medical reasons, a
business may decline entry to the individual.
The Department of Public Health, local boards of health and authorized agents pursuant
to G. L. c. 111, § 30 are authorized to enforce this Order and if necessary may do so with the
assistance of State or municipal police. Violation of the terms of this Order or Department of
Public Health Guidance may result in a civil fine of up to $300 per violation, in the manner
provided for non-criminal disposition of violations of municipal by-law, ordinance, rule, or
regulation pursuant to G. L. c. 40, § 21D.
This Order is effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020, and shall remain in effect until
rescinded or until the emergency is terminated, whichever happens first.