Mask Requirements

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS MASK REQUIREMENTS AND ADVISORY INFORMATION

Effective December 21, 2021: In response to the spread of the Delta variant and the emerging Omicron variant, the Department of Public Health now advises that all residents, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home). The DPH particularly urges this recommendation if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. 

Effective May, 29, 2021: Masks are still required for all individuals (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings. 

Reference additional information here.


CITY OF FRAMINGHAM - MASKS REQUIRED IN CITY MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS - EFFECTIVE THURSDAY, AUGUST 5

On Wednesday, August 4, Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer issued an order stating that all persons (including visitors and employees) over the age of five entering City of Framingham municipal buildings shall wear a clean face covering, such as a fabric face mask, scarf, or bandana, over their mouth and nose, and exercise social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines due to increasing COVID-19 cases. Framingham buildings include the Callahan Center, Libraries, Memorial Building, Police and Fire Buildings, Parks & Recreation Administration, and the DPW Operations Center. The Framingham Board of Health (BOH) will review the order Tuesday, August 10, during their regularly scheduled meeting. It is expected the BOH will be in support of the order. Those who are exempt from the face coverings requirement include:

  • Children under five years of age
  • Persons for whom a face mask or covering creates a health risk or is not safe because of any of the following conditions or circumstances: 
    • Face mask or covering affects the person’s ability to breathe safely;
    • Person has a mental health or other medical diagnosis that advises against wearing  a face mask or covering;
    • Person has a disability that prevents them from wearing a face mask or covering; or
    • Person depends on supplemental oxygen to breathe.

Per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, masks are still mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings