Belmont imposes the compulsory mask for every 2 years and over

BOSTON (AP) – The town of Belmont on Monday imposed a mask mandate for anyone 2 years of age and older in all indoor spaces open to the public, including bars, restaurants, barber shops, barber shops and manicure, fitness centers and health facilities, including care settings gatherings.

The mandate requires companies to display the mask requirement, but leaves it up to workers to enforce the rule.

Those who cannot wear a mask due to a health problem or disability are exempt from the new requirement.

There are other partial exemptions. Diners in restaurants can remove their masks when seated, while diners in bars or dance halls can only remove their masks when eating or drinking.

Customers must continue to wear masks on indoor dance floors.

The ordinance also applies to places of worship and public and private transportation systems – including taxis, transit companies, commuter trains and the MBTA.

The mask’s mandate will remain in effect until Middlesex County, where Belmont is located, is classified as “low” or “moderate” for community transmission of the coronavirus for two consecutive weeks.

Last week, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified 12 counties in Massachusetts – all except Hampshire County – with an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases triggered by the highly contagious Delta variant.

Governor Charlie Baker has resisted the reimposition of mask warrants, including in schools.

Baker, a Republican, said that although the state recommends masks for unvaccinated students and staff, the final decision should be left to local school districts.

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