By STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Face masks and two-week quarantines for travelers entering Massachusetts from COVID-19 hot spots would be required under a bill filed at the Statehouse on Tuesday.

The bill would also prioritize COVID-19 testing for vulnerable populations and mandate enforcement of workplace safety requirements designed to protect both workers and the public.

Both the face mask and quarantine requirements would be enforced with fines under the bill.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has already ordered the wearing of masks and has advised visitors to Massachusetts to quarantine for two weeks — except for a handful of nearby states.

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One of the sponsors of the bill, state Sen. Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester, said with no vaccine yet available, the state needs to write the public health protocols into law.

“We have proven practices to curb the spread of viral infection: wearing face masks, ensuring widely available testing, finalizing formal workplace safety standards, and quarantining tourists coming from hotbed states,” Chandler said in a press release. “But they only work if we all participate.”

She urged lawmakers to pass the measure before the return of college students in the fall.

The Legislature’s formal session ends July 31.

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Comments (10)
  1. 911WASanINSIDEjob420 says:

    im leaving the state if this passes

    1. Eric S. Johansson says:

      Wearing a mask demonstrates care and consideration for others, and that you’re not just thinking about yourself.

      1. Lisa says:

        Eric, there is no reason to wear a face mask when you are simply outside and not in proximity to another person. I have a heart condition, yet I feel no need to impose this type of burden on others. What they are proposing is excessive.

  2. Marty says:

    Good. Keep those idiots from the dying states out.

  3. John Smith says:

    Totally ridiculous and unnecessary legislation. If this passes, I will consider leaving this State full of legislative morons. You can bet that once this becomes law, it will never be revoked. It will just become another way to control the free will of the people and collect additional monies at our expense.

  4. Keith Bassett says:

    The right to your perceived safety ends where it starts to infringe on my God given Constitutional rights! You are free to exercise your idiocy by wearing a mask, but don’t expect those of us who are informed to consent and participate in the idiocy! Say NO to masks and ALL medical mandates! Do not consent to UNLAWFUL and unconstitutional state orders or laws.

  5. Steve Hostow says:

    Comments blocked by the CBS Boston communists.

  6. If the residents of the Northeast New York, Massachusetts etc stayed in their State then the spread of the virus would of been contained, but now they want to keep others out of their State. This is typical of the elite Northeast, do as we say not as we do liberals.

  7. Those who are not in the threatened demographics (those under 60 in good health) need to be infected to attain “herd immunity”. Stopping the virus takes complete isolation, vaccine, or herd immunity take you pick. Complete isolation is impossible, an immediate vaccine is improbable, so herd immunity is the only definite plausible solution, that is why it wont be implemented by the geniuses running the country.

  8. So it’s “until we have a vaccine”, riiiiiight. We are still paying “temporary” Korean War-era taxes on rubber tires and phone bills too. Good People, do you see how that play works?

    Fact: Isolating and vilifying a targeted populace with no effective intellectual defenses is nothing new. Hitler did it. (Ashkenaz’ Central Bankers and friends, among others.) Stalin did it to Ukrainina farmers (“Holomodor” mass starvation). Now BAKER does it nice and easy, slipping the Control System onto our persons just a little at a time… The only difference is that THIS squeeze-play is MEDICAL and WE know NOTHING about MEDICINE ’cause WE are only PATIENTS, right?

    Shoot, we are for the 99.9% part NOT EVEN SICK. Meanwhile the Massachusetts Medical Mafia is making right certain we are NOT allowed any CURE. Hydroxychloroquine, Zinc and Azithromycin in protocol will CURE your early-onset COVID in HOURS but to hear those money-grubbin’ criminals tell it, oi the danger!

    Illegitemii non carborundum, Good People. The politicians etc are NOT our friends. Forbidding LOW-COST CURE and mandating MASKS+thousand-dollar VaporVaxx INSTEAD of CURE NOW is a CRIME AGAINST ALL HUMANITY.

    Fact: 5G Tracking Nanochips in the vax shot is the Next Level – the literal “Mark of the Beast”. Scoff now, weep later… or UNMASK THE WHOLE CRIME NOW. And that is all. 0{:-|o[

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