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September 20, 2021

Worcester mask mandate goes into effect Monday

Photo | Grant Welker Worcester City Hall

Citing a month-to-month coronavirus case count which tripled from June to July and again from July to August, the City of Worcester announced on Friday a revived mask mandate for all indoor private common spaces in workplaces and indoor private spaces open to the public.

The mandate applies to everyone ages five or older and to places like retail stores, restaurants, bars, performance venues, houses of worship, fitness establishments, and event spaces. 

The mask mandate does not apply when a person is alone in a workspace or alone in a room at their workplace with a closed door, or socially distanced from other people, per the order. A person may be exempt from the mask mandate if wearing a mask creates a health risk or is unsafe, such as in the case of relying on supplemental oxygen, or if advised by a doctor.

The order said local hospitals like Saint Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Medical Center are at maximum capacity with no available regional medical hospital beds.

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