Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #89
Placed on File
Apr 27, 2020 5:30 PM

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to issue an emergency order to make wearing a cloth face covering in public mandatory for all persons in the City of Cambridge, and that such a covering must be worn outdoors, inside essential businesses, and when entering and exiting residential buildings

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Department:City Clerk's OfficeSponsors:Councillor Marc C. McGovern, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Councillor Timothy J. Toomey
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The CDC recommends that all persons in public should wear face coverings to protect people around them from contracting COVID-19, which spreads through water droplets produced by talking, sneezing, coughing, and more. This disease is contagious even when an infected person does not experience symptoms, and wearing face coverings is an addition, not a replacement, for social distancing to protect other people when in public; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Other cities in Massachusetts, including Salem, Brookline and Everett have mandated masks and face coverings in public; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Cambridge residents continue to gather in public places and must be able to stay safe while buying groceries and other necessities. Resident and business efforts to maintain social distancing are greatly endangered by many refusing to wear face coverings and exposing passersby to the virus; therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and is hereby requested to work with relevant departments to evaluate the feasibility of issuing an emergency order to make wearing a cloth face covering in public mandatory for all persons in the City of Cambridge, and that such a covering must be worn outdoors, inside essential businesses, and when entering and exiting residential buildings; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager address enforcement, mask inventory, and community education, such as, but not limited to posting large, clear signage around the city and how such a policy would be implemented. The City manager should specify in the emergency order that people may use cloth face coverings like fabric masks, scarves, or bandanas, and must wear them over one’s nose and mouth. People are discouraged from using surgical masks or N-95 respirators, which should be left for medical professionals and first responders; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager specify in the emergency order an exception for young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance, as recommended by the CDC; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager report back to the City Council at the next regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

 

Meeting History

Apr 27, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:PLACED ON FILE [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Patricia Nolan, Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan