The highly transmissible Delta variant is driving an increase in COVID-19 cases both locally and nationally. As a result, at a joint meeting of the two boards on August 12, the Board of Health adopted a public health mandate, supported by the Select Board, regulating face coverings in indoor public spaces in Lexington.
Effective Wednesday, August 18 at 12:01 AM, face coverings will be required for all individuals aged two years and above in all indoor public spaces, houses of worship, or private spaces open to the public, except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability.
This mandate does not apply to outdoor spaces.
Some components of the mandate include:
- Food service establishment customers may only remove face coverings when seated.
- Fitness Centers/Health Clubs workers, customers, and visitors are required to wear face coverings during fitness activity, including strenuous activity.
- At Personal Services establishments, including, but not limited to, barber shops, hair and nail salons, all customers and workers are required to wear face coverings, except for skin or beard care that occurs on the face, where the customer may temporarily remove the face covering but must immediately put the face covering back on for the remainder of the visit.
Face coverings are still mandatory on public and private transportation systems, as well as in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.
This mandate will be reviewed on or by November 5, 2021.