Eastham Mask Mandate & State Guidelines

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Pursuant to the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 111, Section 31 and 122, 310 CMR 11.05, 105 CMR 300.200 and all other authorizing statutes and regulations, we the members of the Eastham Board of Health hereby order the following:

 It is recommended that all persons who do not reside in the same household maintain a physical distance of six feet when possible and when in a location that is open to the public.

In addition to physical distancing and in an effort to protect the public health, all persons regardless of vaccination status, including customers and staff in areas accessible to customers, must wear a cloth face covering that covers their nose and mouth, such as a fabric or surgical mask.  Wearing a mask is not a substitute for maintain six feet of separation.

Masks or cloth face coverings shall be worn:

  • Whenever indoors on the premises of a business, club, or place of assembly, including but not limited to retail establishments, restaurants, bars, performance venues, social clubs, event spaces, places of religious worship and municipal buildings.  Food service establishment customers may only remove face coverings when seated; lodging workers and guests are required to wear face coverings inside hallways and common areas.
  • Personal services (including hair salons and massage/body work) customers and workers are required to wear face coverings.
  • Masking remains mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems including ride shares, taxis, transportation shelters and CCRTA flex bus.

The face covering requirements of this order shall be in place until it is rescinded by the Eastham Board of Health.

Full vaccination against COVID-19 remains important to reduce hospitalization and morbidity from the virus.  We encourage all eligible persons who are not fully vaccinated to get immunized.  It is recommended that all non-vaccinated individuals wear a face mask in all public areas.

Notwithstanding any provision in this Order, pursuant to guidance issued by the CDC, face coverings should not be placed on young children under two years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance, or anyone who due to disability is unable to wear a mask.

To the extent necessary, this Order shall be enforced by the Eastham Health Agent and Assistant Health Agent.

Whoever violates any provision of this Order may be penalized by a non-criminal disposition process as provided in MGL Chapter 40, Section 21D and the Town’s non-criminal disposition by-law.

If non-criminal disposition is elected, then any person who violates any provision of this Order shall be subject to: for a first offense, a written warning; for a second offense, a penalty in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100); for a third offense, a penalty of two hundred dollars ($200); and for a fourth or subsequent offense, a penalty in the amount of three hundred dollars ($300).  Each day or portion thereof shall constitute a separate offense.  If more than one, each condition violated shall constitute a separate offense.

This Order shall be effective August 30, 2021 and remain in effect until notice is given, pursuant to the Eastham Board of Health’s judgement that the Public Health Emergency no longer exists.

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Effective December 21, 2021, in response to the spread of the Delta variant and the emerging Omicron variant, the Department of Public Health now advises that all residents, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home). The DPH particularly urges this recommendation if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. 


Your primary care physician can advise you whether you are at increased risk. Information from the Centers for Disease Control regarding the conditions that may put you at increased risk can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical- conditions.html


All people in Massachusetts (regardless of vaccination status) are required to continue wearing face coverings in certain settings, including transportation and health care facilities. Please see www.mass.gov/maskrules for a complete list of venues where face coverings have remained mandatory since May 29, 2021. 


The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s current mask requirement and Policy on Vaccination Rate Threshold issued on September 27th, 2021 is not impacted by this advisory. As a result of the most comprehensive and robust school testing program in the country, with 99% of public, collaborative and charter districts enrolled, Massachusetts elementary and secondary schools remain open and safe for children and youth to engage in learning, with over 325,000 school days saved. Only schools who can demonstrate they have high vaccination rates of over 80% of all individuals vaccinated are able to remove masks for vaccinated individuals upon a written attestation. 


For individuals who are not fully vaccinated, it is especially important that you wear a face covering or mask any time you are indoors and not in your own home to reduce the chance that you may spread COVID-19 to other people. People who show no symptoms of illness may still be able to spread COVID-19. 


An individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. However, if a fully vaccinated individual becomes symptomatic, they should be tested and wear a mask until receiving test results. 


When you wear a face covering or cloth mask, it should: 

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, 
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops, 
  • Include multiple layers of fabric, 
  • Allow for breathing without restriction, and 
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape. 


For more information, please refer to the CDC at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html 


This advisory may change based on public health data and further guidance from the CDC.


Taken from the Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce email dated 12/21/2021


Helpful Links: 


Why we wear masks

CDC Guidelines on Face Coverings

MA State Guidelines on Mask