Billerica, Massachusetts. The Board of Health has issued a mandatory ordinance that provides for the mandatory wearing of face masks and a number of restrictions and guidelines for local businesses, offices, and other facilities. The Ordinance provides:
"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."
The ordinance also requires all persons and business owners to comply with all CDC guidelines and provides the following penalties.
"This Order may be enforced by any agent of the Board of Health, the Building Department or the Billerica Police Department through all lawful means, including by noncriminal disposition pursuant to G.L. c. 40, § 21D and Article XIV of the General By-Laws of the Town of Billerica. Any facility found to be in violation of this Emergency Order may receive the following: a warning for the first violation, a fine of $100 for the second violation, a fine of $200 for the third violation, and a fine of $300 for the fourth violation. Any person found to be in violation of this Emergency Order may receive the following: a warning for the first violation, a fine of $25 for the second violation, a fine of $50 for the third violation, and a fine of $100 for the fourth violation."
I discussed this issue with my local Selectman. He told me that originally they wanted to impose a $1000.00 fine for each offense, but that the Selectman negotiated the penalties down to their current form.
He also advised that the cities and towns of Massachusetts have been authorized to impose these restrictions and penalties by the State Attorney General Maura Healey. No big surprise there.