All members of the public entering grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores and restaurants, plus employees who come within six feet of other employees or interact with customers in Hamilton, must wear a cloth face covering starting on Friday, April 17.

The health emergency order was approved by the Hamilton Board of Health during a meeting on Wednesday night, April 15. The full text of the order is below, which includes further provisions for multi-unit buildings and other orders.

The order will be enforced by Board of Health officials, Hamilton Police officers, and Building Inspectors. The penalty is a warning the first time, then a $100 fine followed by a $250 fine.


ORDERED at Town Hall this 15th day of April 2020

Pursuant to the declaration of a public health emergency on March 20, 2020, 310 CMR 11.05, 105 CMR 300.200 and all other authorizing statutes and regulations, acting by and through its agent authorized under MGL c. 111, §31 we, the Town Manager and Board of Health of the Town of Hamilton, Massachusetts, hereby order the following:

1) All members of the public entering any Essential Business as defined by Governor Baker’s Covid-19 Executive Orders, including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores and the like must wear a cloth face covering, such as a fabric mask, scarf or bandana, over his or her nose and mouth. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, which should be left for medical professionals and first responders. See this link for Centers for Disease Control information on making a cloth face covering: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-fac….

2) All members of the public entering a restaurant for the purpose of picking up food for take-out must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth.

3) All employees of all Essential Businesses, as defined above, shall wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when interacting with the public and within six feet of a co-worker. Employers and employees must use prescribed protocols and guidelines for personal protective equipment such as gloves.

4) Any resident or member of the general public entering or exiting a residential or commercial building complex of greater than one (1) unit must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while in common areas and communal spaces and must exercise social distancing in these spaces in accordance with CDC guidelines. See these guidelines at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-di….

5 a) Essential retail establishments as defined by Governor Baker’s Covid-19 Executive Orders must limit the number of customers and staff inside the establishment at any given time so that social distancing of six feet may be maintained. All retail establishments must establish maximum occupancy levels in accordance with the “Guidance for Grocery Stores” issued by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health on April 7, 2020. See this order at: https://www.mass.gov/doc/order-grocery-stores-40-percent/download. Maximum occupancy shall be posted at each entrance to the establishment and shall be readily visible to members of the public.

5 b) An employee of the retailer shall be designated to ensure the maximum allowable number of individuals inside of the store is not exceeded. Customers queued outside of the store must maintain a minimum of six feet distance.

5 c) Any portions of the store requiring extra staffing solely dedicated to services that are deemed nonessential pursuant to Governor Baker’s Covid-19 Executive Orders shall be closed.

5 d) Reusable shopping bags are prohibited. Single-use bags are permitted and shall be provided at no extra cost to customers.

6) Operation of Ice Cream Trucks is Prohibited. Ice cream trucks will not be permitted to operate in the Town of Hamilton until the Public Health Emergency declaration issued by the Hamilton Board of Health has been lifted. Brick and mortar establishments serving ice cream will be allowed to operate in accordance with the Governor’s Directive if effective social distancing measures are implemented.

This emergency order shall be effective beginning FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020 at 12:01AM and remain in effect until notice is given, pursuant to the Board of Health’s judgement, that the Public Health Emergency no longer exists.

To the extent necessary, this Order shall be enforced by Board of Health officials, Hamilton Police Officers, and Building Inspectors. Individuals who violate the provisions of this Emergency Order are subject to warnings/fines issued by the enforcing authorities as follows:  (1) first offense – a warning;   (2) second offense – a fine of $100;  (3) third and further offenses – a fine of $250.