People in Cambridge will have to mask up when out in public starting Wednesday morning, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis DePasquale announced tonight.
Somerville had earlier announced a public mask requirement that also starts Wednesday. However, Cambridge's requirement, which also comes with a potential $300 fine for violators, starts at age 5, rather than 2 as in Somerrville.
Also like Somerville, Cambridge is giving people a week's grace period before police start enforcement. Police will start with attempting to educate people and may issue warnings to those who do not cooperate - but will be empowered to issue $300 fines to people who "willingly" refuse to comply.
In a statement, Siddiqui and DePasquale said:
While we are grateful to those in Cambridge who have been heeding our previous mask advisory and taking this issue seriously, we are concerned about the number of residents who continue to shop, walk, run and bike throughout the city without proper face coverings. We must all do our part in flattening the curve and make sure we are preventing the further spread of COVID-19. This mandate emphasizes the importance of wearing a face covering, not as an option, but as a requirement in our effort to combat this pandemic together.
The mandate includes publicly accessible stores and buildings - and includes the workers in them - as well as common areas in residential buildings with two or more units.