Gov. Charlie Baker has issued an order requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. The order takes effect Wednesday, May 6. The university’s previous announcement on April 7 recommending the use face coverings has been updated to require face coverings in public places to align with the Governor’s order.
Wearing is Caring
Keeping a distance (at least 6 feet) from other people is our best protection against COVID-19; however, wearing face covering can add another layer of protection.
Recent studies have indicated that covering your nose and mouth can slow the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings can help protect others by containing respiratory droplets when the face cover wearer coughs, sneezes or speaks. Since individuals can be contagious before the onset of symptoms, you may be contagious and do not know it. If you cover your nose and mouth, it can limit the spread of COVID-19. Another good reason to use face coverings is you touch your face less when your face is covered. Touching your face after touching something contaminated with COVID-19 increases your chances of getting sick with COVID-19.
As we all work to support each other’s health and well-being of our UMass community, remember Wearing is Caring!
Please refer to the Face Coverings FAQ for further information.