Hi. This is Mayor Mike Cahill with a Wednesday update. I’d like to focus on the Governor’s order that went into effect today requiring we wear a face covering in public as a way to help prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus-19.
When we go shopping at a grocery market or other retail store, we are required to wear our face covering both while waiting in line to enter and inside the store, just as we’ve been doing in Beverly for several weeks. When outside, the Governor’s order now requires, if we cannot keep a distance of greater than six feet from others, we need to wear our face covering. I have received feedback and questions on this point, and I’d like to share a couple of things.
First, the infectious disease and medical experts continue to tell us to wear these coverings because doing so will lessen the chance the wearer will infect someone else. So, you and I wearing our face covering is really about caring for others’ health. I respectfully ask everyone to care about others’ health.
If you are outside and do not believe you will come in close contact with anyone, you still may. So, I have suggested wearing your face covering around your neck, then raising it to cover your nose and mouth when you come to within six feet of someone. Others say it’s better to keep your face covering in your pocket, then take it out and place it over your nose and mouth when you encounter someone – both options seem like they can work. All this said, even with a face covering on we should stay more than six feet away from others whenever possible.
Friends, please let’s all think of others first in this time, and let’s remember to be kind with each other. We’re all trying to figure this out together. I really appreciate all the thoughtful e-mails and messages I am receiving from you, and I will continue to evaluate all aspects of our response In Beverly to COVID-19.
Measures like wearing face coverings and continuing to keep a safe physical distance from each other are going to be important parts of how we can reopen our community in the coming weeks and months, so please join me in embracing these and other measures as necessary during this time. This time while the medical and scientific communities seek advances every day in effective treatments to fight this virus, and while the fulltime search for an effective vaccine continues.
Thank you for everything each of you are doing to keep our community safe. Have a good evening, and be well.