WBUR reports that Gov. Baker said today that Massachusetts residents over the age of 2 will have to don masks or other face coverings when they go into a public place starting May 6.
People with medical reasons not to wear a mask are exempted, but otherwise, its faces covered in stores and on public transit, the governor said. He noted that several retail chains already require customers to wear face coverings. Baker also called on people to don coverings outside if they expect to find themselves in locations where they can't socially distance.
Several communities, including Cambridge and Somerville, have issued directives that mandate face covering at all times outside.
The goal is to reduce the spread of Covid-19 by people who may not realize they are infectious because they have no symptoms, Baker said at his daily press conference, about an hour after Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said too many people were still going outside without masks in potentially crowded areas such as the beaches of South Boston.