Mattapoisett Board of Health recommends face coverings

May 1, 2020

MATTAPOISETT — On April 29, the Board of Health recommended face coverings for all residents over the age of two who do not have trouble breathing to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

The board recommended that residents cover their face with a scarf, bandana or homemade face mask that fully covers the wearer’s nose and mouth while they are in stores, parks, beaches and other places where social distancing may be difficult. 

The announcement came two days before Governor Charlie Baker ordered that starting May 6 all residents cover their faces in places where they cannot easily social distance. 

The Mattapoisett Board of Health said that surgical and N95 masks should be used only by healthcare providers.

It also recommended that residents cover their nose or mouth when they sneeze, wash their hands often, avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth, disinfect frequently-touched surfaces, and stay home if sick. 

Board members directed Mattapoisett residents to this link from the Centers for Disease Control for patterns for masks.