Wednesday, May 6 is Face-covering Mask Day ~ Are the Kids Ready?

The Baker-Polito Administration has ordered that starting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 6, face coverings will be mandatory for everyone over the age of 2.

Stephy Doyle, a Bedford mom and photo editing wizard, has created cool images of 45 masked characters based on the most popular cartoon figures from book characters, to Mickey Mouse and Disney princesses, and the most daring superheroes or superheroines.

“I know these times are tough and we don’t want to have to have our children wear masks,” said Doyle, “This is just a tool for parents and caregivers to use if needed, if you need to get your child to wear a mask or just so they aren’t scared seeing others wear them.”

If your kids are less than enthusiastic about covering their faces, perhaps their favorite character will help to make the case.

Click this link to see all the designs on Stephy Doyle’s Facebook page.

Mask and Face Covering Order, from the Town of Bedford’s website

The Baker-Polito Administration has ordered all residents over the age of two to use a face covering or mask in public places where maintaining proper social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is not possible. This statewide order goes into effect on May 6th and supersedes previously issued guidance relative to mask use. This order applies to all workers and customers of businesses and other organizations that are currently open to the public and permitted to operate as COVID-19 Essential Businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retail stores. Residents are also required to wear a mask or face covering at all times when using any means of transportation service or public mass transit.

This order also applies outdoors if you cannot keep a safe distance from others.  In practice, this means that, even if you are seeking some fresh air or exercise by going outside for a walk, run, or bike ride in a place where you don’t expect to see anyone else, you still need to wear a face covering.  You can keep it around your neck if no one is around.  But when you see someone else you should raise your face covering up over your nose and mouth while you are in the same vicinity.

Navigate to to See New DPH PSA on How to Safely Cover Your Face Outside of Home.

A face covering may include anything that covers the nose and mouth, including a mask, scarf, or bandana. Health care masks (such as surgical or N-95 masks) should not be used and should be preserved for health care workers and first responders. Cloth masks should not be worn by young children under the age of two, persons with difficulty breathing, or those who are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Instructions on how to make a cloth mask are available from the CDC by navigating to…

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advise that cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Face coverings should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use. Individuals should remove the face covering from ear loops or from the tied area away from the face and avoid touching the front of the face covering. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing the cloth face covering and wash hands immediately after removal.

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