EVERETT (CBS) – The City of Everett is now requiring anyone over the age of five to wear a face covering when in public places during the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses will be allowed to refuse service to anyone not covering their face.
The Everett Board of Health made the announcement on Monday.
According to the order, face coverings can be medical or homemade masks, as well as a scarf or bandana.
The city said coverings must be worn when inside any building open to the public, when using public transportation or ride shares, when pumping gas, and when engaged in activity in a confined or enclosed facility where other people are present.
Any person who refuses to wear a face covering “shall be deemed a trespasser upon the property and may be subject to arrest and civil or criminal prosecution.”
Greg Maganzini, the owner of DiBlasi’s Subs on Broadway, said the times are “different. A little scary. But we’re getting used to it now.”
“There’s a notice on the door ‘We’ll refuse business if you don’t have a mask on,'” he added, “[It’s] very important. I don’t want to get sick because if I’m sick, I can’t cook. If the customer is sick, I can’t be here.”
Electrician Tony Ricca stopped by DiBlasi’s in a mask on Tuesday to support the local business. “I got laid off about three weeks ago, so I try and do sick jobs here and there,” he said.
The order does not apply to people taking part in permitted outdoor physical activity, people who are indoors at home, or people in personal vehicles.
Similar orders are in place in Brookline and Salem.