Face Covering Order effective 4/22/2020

April 17, 2020

WHEREAS, on March 12, 2020, the Town of Orange, through the Board of Health, has determined that Covid19 poses a significant, immediate threat to the public health, safety, and welfare of people residing both within and outside the Town of Orange, and, as such, has declared a Local State of Emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued an Order Assuring Continued Operation of Essential Services in the Commonwealth, Closing Certain Workplaces, and Prohibiting Gatherings of More than 10 People (COVID-19 Order No. 13)

At this time, on Friday April 17, the Orange Board of Health, in cooperation with the Town Administrator, Chief of Police and Emergency Management Director, is ordering all essential businesses to provide face coverings for employees providing essential services in Orange, MA.

Furthermore, all individuals older than 2 years old entering essential businesses must wear a face covering. Essential businesses are required to ensure that customers and clients entering their facilities in Orange, MA wear face coverings.

The Orange Board of Health is giving all essential businesses, their employees and their customers until Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 12:01AM to come into compliance with this order.

The logic behind this decision is as follows:

• It has been observed that people are not keeping six feet apart as ordered by the Governor;

• There is strong evidence that the Novel Coronavirus is being spread by asymptomatic individuals;

• There are not enough test kits available to effectively contain the virus in the asymptomatic population.

Therefore, the best way to slow and stop the spread of Covid-19 is by wearing a face covering in conjunction with social distancing, limiting travel, hand washing and sanitizing.

For any questions on this decision feel free to contact the Board of Health at my office number 978-544-1107. Thank you for your continued support in protecting our community.

Respectfully, Matthew Fortier, Health Agent