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Massachusetts city requires mandatory face masks in public or be fined $300

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Since the pandemic arrived in March Governor Baker and mayors throughout the state have imposed or suggested the donning of face masks in situations where 6′ of social distancing was not possible. This was more of a precaution and safety protocol and wasn’t made mandatory at all times, everywhere, just when the social distancing protocols couldn’t be followed.

Until now.

The City of Cambridge recently announced an emergency order will go into effect on Friday, October 2 mandating that a mask (or face covering) would have to be worn “..in all public places, businesses and common areas of residential buildings. Public places include sidewalks, streets, parks, plazas, bus stops, non-residential parking lots and garages, and any other outdoor area or non-residential parking facility which is open and accessible to the general public.”

It doesn’t matter if that person is 6′ feet away or 600′ feet away. If you are over the age of two you must wear a mask.

This is in response to spike in Cambridge’s positive COVID-19 tests, likely due to the return of university students to the city at the advent of fall classes.

Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale said “With people spending more time indoors, there is an increased risk of spreading COVID-19. By tightening and clarifying our face-covering requirements now, we hope to continue minimizing COVID-19 risk in Cambridge.”

Opponents of wearing face masks say it is an infringement on their civil liberties, unconstitutional and with some even calling it tyranny. They are worried that there could be a Domino Effect whereby other cities fall Cambridge’s footsteps, pushing the “tyranny” even further and stripping people of even more rights.

Proponents quote the scientific data on the effectiveness and preventative nature of masks, that it is a minor inconvenience, and that it will lower infection rates allowing everyone to safely return work and get the economy and life going again.

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5 comments

  1. The Governor should mandate masks be worn at all times outside the home, outside your vehicle, not the Mayor. If anyone did not comply simply fine them 500.00 and after 3 times they could then raise it to a 1000.00 fine. If they don’t like it, they can move to another state. There are people out there that don’t want to wear a mask, don’t and then announce what they think and make a scene. It should stop here. Let Massachusetts be an example for good for once. Tired of ignorant people, tired of the comment that there is no virus, it’s hype. There is enough facts out there proving otherwise, stop endangering others. Use common sense.

    • If I could move right now, I’d be out in a heartbeat. All this talk about covid & crap makes me wanna die more. I don’t care about my life or no one. NO LIVES MATTER.

  2. I’M NOT wearing a mask all the time when I’m outside.

    • This is why it keeps on spreading. You may not care about your life! I feel bad for you, but you have no right putting others in danger. Have you lost a loved one? Have you caught it. We should be learning from the mistakes, beginning with the fact that 1/2 the Country didn’t believe there was even a virus because of the leadership. I have close friends that didn’t believe, well Trump now has it, do you believe it now. You may have a right to do to yourself what you want, but you don’t have the right to put others in danger. Do you need a friend or help? Good samaritan hotline 1-800-273-8255. We may not agree but we all could be over this, if we all did the right thing. I hope you get help!

  3. Many people can not wear the mask or headgear due to a disability. Should we form concentration camps or a caste system for those people? I think the Americans with Disabilities Act is a great law. Also no one should use emotional blackmail to usurp the rights of others.

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