Longmeadow Board of Health votes to mandate face coverings

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LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – The Longmeadow Board of Health announced Tuesday that they voted to mandate facemasks in public indoor spaces.

This decision comes after the Longmeadow Board of Health met Monday night in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases. Masks are now required, regardless of vaccination status to in all public places including private places that are open to the public for those over 5 years old.

Currently, the mandate includes, but not limited to: town buildings, schools, restaurants, bars, indoor performance and event venues, gyms, fitness clubs, salons, and places of worship.

According to the letter from the Board of Health, the masks or face coverings are to be worn in accordance of the following:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; and
  • Worn so as to cover the nose and mouth, and
  • Include multiple layers of fabric; and
  • Allow for breathing without restriction; and
  • Be either of a disposable surgical/procedural type mask or be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape; and
  • Be easily removed for eating, drinking; where allowed

The Board of Health will continue to monitor case numbers and will amend the mandate as needed.

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