On Monday August 23, the Bedford Board of Health voted to require face masks in all public indoor places and private spaces open to the public, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 27.
In response to the highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 leading to an increase in cases locally and across the country, the face mask order is similar to orders adopted by several area cities and towns and is intended to protect the health and safety of Bedford community members, as well as to keep private and public institutions in operation. The order will be in effect as long as the CDC deems Middlesex County transmission rates to be “substantial” or greater (it is currently “high”).
The order applies to all individuals aged two years and above (except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability). Food service establishment customers may only remove face coverings when seated. Fitness centers/health club workers, customers, and visitors are required to wear face coverings during fitness activity, including strenuous activity. At personal services establishments, customers and workers are required to wear face coverings, except for skin or beard care that occurs on the face, where the customer may temporarily remove the face covering. This mandate does not apply to outdoor spaces.
Please follow this link to view the full text of the order and other helpful links: https://www.bedfordma.gov/health-department/pages/mask-mandate-effective-august-27-2021.