Watertown’s Board of Health will meet Thursday afternoon to discuss whether to require that people wear face masks in public places in town.
The meeting will meet on April 30 at 3 p.m. via Zoom meeting, which the public can join. The lone agenda item reads: Consider and affirm order requiring wearing of face masks in public to contain spread of
COVID 19 Virus.
Watertown would join other communities requiring people to wear face coverings while out in public. Somerville and Cambridge passed orders requiring people to wear a face mask in public places. After a one-week grace period, Somerville can begin fining people up to $300. Cambridge started requiring face masks, too, for anyone age 5 or older, according to WBUR.
In Somerville, the order applies to anyone older than 2, and applies to any public indoor or outdoor space, including restaurant pickup zones, parks, sidewalks and parking lots, WBUR reported, and bikers and runners must also wear masks.
On the North Shore, Peabody, Salem, Beverly and Swampscott require that people wear face coverings or masks when going into business deemed essential during the COVID-19 outbreak, such as a grocery store, according to The Salem News. Peabody has a stiff penalty, with fines up to $1,000.
Joining the Board of Health Meeting
The public can watch and participate in the Board of Health meeting, which will be held via the Zoom app (click here for more info about Zoom). The meeting begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, and the link is: https://watertown-ma.zoom.us/j/97652838740 (Meeting ID: 976 5283 8740).