A Massachusetts town is modifying its face-covering order and will soon require residents medically excluded from wearing a face masks to wear a plastic face shield in public instead.
The announcement was made Friday by the Brookline Department of Public Health and Health Commissioner Dr. Swannie Jett.
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The new order takes effect Sept. 10 and was enacted because the town had no alternative to wearing a face covering for people who are exempt for medical reasons.
"We are pleased with the level of cooperation with the existing face-covering requirement," Jett said in a statement. "However, it is important to reinforce the need for a protective layer that limits the possibility of spreading the coronavirus -- as a cloth face-covering does -- while ensuring people with medical limitations are protecting those around them from COVID-19 without jeopardizing their own wellness."
The face covering requirement was first enacted in Brookline back in March — before the statewide order, according to town officials.