Local Businesses Respond to Governor Baker’s Mask Advisory | News

This was a state suggestion, not a warrant, but state health officials hope it will help tackle the increase in COVID-19 cases in the state of Bay.



SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB / WSHM) – Governor Charlie Baker announced a mask advisory for Massachusetts residents on Tuesday morning during his COVID-19 briefing.

This was a state suggestion, not a warrant, but state health officials hope it will help tackle the increase in COVID-19 cases in the state of Bay.

“For the foreseeable future, Massachusetts and most of the country will see a large number of new cases, but a new case today does not mean the same as a new case meant a year ago,” said Governor Baker.

The governor seemed optimistic that the state would survive this wave, but to help combat the spike in cases, he is implementing a mask advisory for indoor public spaces.

“If people want to take it one step further, everyone knows they can put on a mask in a crowded indoor place,” Governor Baker said.

It will not be a mandate, only a strong suggestion. However, state officials reminded everyone that masks are still required in some settings like healthcare facilities and transportation.

Some local business owners said they already strongly suggest that customers wear masks and that those customers are following their advice.

“Most of my customers will come in and wear a mask,” Audrin Desardouin, owner of L&A Fine Men Shop, told Western Mass News.

Other owners have left this decision up to the customer.

“At this point, that’s advice and I’m okay with it,” said Nadim Cashouh, owner of Nadim’s Downtown. “We’ll leave it to the individuals when they come in. I’m certainly not going to impose it if the government doesn’t mandate it.”

Officials overseeing MGM Springfield and the MassMutual Center appeared to take a similar approach. A representative for MGM sent Western Mass News a statement that reads, in part:

“MGM Springfield continues to recommend that all guests wear masks, regardless of their immunization status. All MGM Springfield employees are required to wear a mask at all times. “

Governor Baker said he will continue to monitor cases of COVID-19 and update Massachusetts residents accordingly.