Nashua officials urge residents to follow mandatory mask ordinance

  • A driver, with his truck adorned in support of President Trump, passes by a restaurant in Nashua, N.H.., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Restaurants along Main Street were allowed to reopen and take a travel lane in front of their restaurant after being closed in March because of the virus outbreak shutdown. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

Nashua Telegraph
Published: 5/28/2020 6:12:25 PM

As Nashua tries to maintain a balance between safety and reopening the economy, city leaders are emphasizing the importance of wearing face masks. 

“As we move forward, we are going to exercise the desire that you wear masks and that we continue the social distancing,” Mayor Jim Donchess said. 

The city’s Board of Aldermen approved requiring face coverings in certain public spaces. 

“This would include wearing the mask in outdoor areas where business is conducted as well as work sites and in government buildings,” Director of the Division of Public Health and Community Services Bobbie Bagley said. 

She explained that this emergency public health order was put into effect to require the wearing of masks when in situations where 6 feet or more of distancing cannot be maintained. It should also slow the spread of the disease by carriers who are asymptomatic.

People should arrive at restaurants wearing face masks even if they are dining outdoors. Masks should also be worn when entering residential or commercial buildings that have communal areas. 

Bagley said children under age 10 are not required to wear a face covering. Masks are also not recommended for children under age 2. Adults who have medical conditions that affect their breathing are exempt.

Nashua Police Capt. Craig Allard said that as of Wednesday afternoon the department had received five calls regarding the ordinance. Three of those were unfounded, but there were two instances of noncompliance.

“Our goal is not for this to be a punitive thing, but an educational piece,” Allard said. 

Violation of the ordinance could result in fines as steep at $1,000.


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