Executive Order requiring people to wear face masks in public goes into effect tonight


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — On Friday, Governor Ned Lamont signed an Executive Order that requires people to wear face maks while in public. The order goes into effect at 8 p.m. Monday, but there are a couple of exceptions to the rule.

Mask orders are already in effect in some cities and towns: Bridgeport, Hamden, and New Haven over the weekend. Come tonight,t that will be the case all across the state.

This mask order comes as COVID-19 deaths passed 1,000.

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It states people must wear cloth face coverings or higher levels of protection while in public places if they cannot maintain proper social distancing such as using Uber or Lyft, getting into a taxi, riding a bus or train, or even waiting within partially-enclosed bus stops.

This order does not supersede a doctor’s orders. If there are health reasons that prevent you from wearing a mask, you should follow the doctor’s orders, but you might need a medical note explaining that.

Children under the age of 2 should not wear a mask. 

“Nothing in this order shall require the use of a mask or cloth face covering by anyone for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition, anyone under the age of 2 years, or by an older child if the parent, guardian or person responsible for the child is unable to place the mask safely on the child’s face,” the order read. “If a person declines to wear a mask or face covering because of a medical condition as described above, such person shall not be required to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition.

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“In addition, individuals shall use a mask or cloth face covering when using the services of any taxi, car, livery, ride-sharing or similar service or means of mass public transit, or while within any semi-enclosed transit stop or waiting area,” the order read.

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