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Brattleboro tweaks order for emergency masks

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BRATTLEBORO—At its May 26 meeting, the Selectboard reaffirmed and slightly modified its emergency order requiring that face coverings be worn by all employees, customers, and visitors in any store, office, or other indoor setting where business is conducted.

The modification now says that children under 5 “are not required” to wear face coverings, clarifying the original order, which stated that masks “should not be placed on” children under 5.

The remainder of the order is unchanged, and it continues to apply equally to businesses, nonprofit organizations, and governmental facilities anywhere in town.

According to a news release, the Selectboard made this decision after lengthy discussions on May 19 and May 26 that included substantial public input on the GoToMeeting platform, where board meetings are currently held by videoconference due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The order will remain in effect until the Selectboard amends, rescinds, or suspends this order, or until the governor declares an end to the COVID-19 state of emergency in Vermont, whichever occurs first.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #564 (Wednesday, June 3, 2020). This story appeared on page A2.

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