City Of Nashua Implements Face Mask, Cloth Covering Order

Tony Schinella

NASHUA, NH — The city of Nashua implemented a new face mask order Friday requiring residents, store and business employees, and others to wear cloth coverings until further notice.

The emergency public health order requires any resident or visitor to wear face coverings in situations "where they cannot maintain social distancing" of 6 feet from others to reduce asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission of COVID-19.

"For optimal protection, the following key factors should be considered while wearing a face covering," according to Bobbie Bagley, the City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services Director. "The safe use of face coverings requires the wearer to maintain proper hand hygiene by frequently handwashing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds. The wearer should prevent the spread of disease by not touching their face, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands and not touching the outside of the face covering."

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The city is requiring face coverings to be worn by employees of all businesses when interacting with the public and whenever they are within 6 feet of a co-worker or a customer; when anyone enters any business, work site, or government building, including grocery stores, pharmacies, and medical facilities; all essential workers grocery stores, pharmacies, or other business settings where it is hard to maintain at least 6 feet distance from others; and entering a restaurant for picking up food for takeout or any other purpose (members of the public dining outdoors at a restaurant may remove face covering while seated at their table, but should proceed to wear a face covering when interacting with restaurant staff). Residents, visitors, and members of the public entering or present at a residential or commercial building complex of greater than two units while in common areas and communal spaces

Residents who have a medical condition where wearing a mask might cause a health risk, like being asthmatic, are not required to wear face coverings. Children under 10 are also not required to wear masks with city officials saying parents should make their own judgment (the use of face coverings is not recommended for children 2 or younger).

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From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., between May 25, and May 31, United Way of Greater Nashua COVID-19 Response Team volunteers will be distributing free masks at Nashua City Hall plaza at 229 Main St.

Anyone caught not wearing a mask could face fines.

To read the city ordinance, visit this link. For information regarding COVID-19, visit the city of Nashua website.

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