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WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the use ofsimple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to help prevent people whomay unknowingly have the virus from transmitting it to others; and
WHEREAS, the Vermont Department of Health “recommends that all Vermonters wearcloth face coverings when outside the home to help slow the spread of COVID-19;” andWHEREAS, Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and CommunityDevelopment have issued the following instructions in conjunction with the Governor’sexecutive orders regarding COVID-19: “Employees must wear face coverings over their noseand mouth when in the presence of others. In the case of retail cashiers, a translucent shieldor “sneeze guard” is acceptable in lieu of a mask. Businesses and non-profit and governmententities may require customers or clients to wear masks” while on their premises, and
WHEREAS, COVID-19 remains a health hazard to residents of Hartford and a significantthreat to vulnerable populations; and
WHEREAS, wearing a face covering is an important act we can perform in an effort toprotect others from an infection that we may not know we have.NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this Selectboard hereby issues the followingCOVID-19 Emergency Request:
All persons in the Town of Hartford are hereby strongly requested to wear cloth or factorymade face coverings over their nose and mouth while inside buildings visited by the public.
ExceptionsCloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 5; anyone who hastrouble breathing; or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable toremove the mask without assistance.
Cloth face coverings may not be worn during activities such as eating, drinking or beingidentified by a bank teller that are not possible while wearing a face covering. However, notethat it is particularly important to wear face coverings while engaged in conversation.Posting Request
Each business establishment is requested to post signage at the entrance and at otherappropriate locations stating that customers (or visitors) are required or requested to wearface coverings.
Effective PeriodThis Resolution shall remain in effect until the Hartford Selectboard amends, rescinds, orsuspends this Resolution or until the Governor declares an end to the COVID-19 State ofEmergency in Vermont, whichever occurs first. Please note that this resolution may beupgraded to an Emergency Order if there is a significant increase in local cases.Adopted June 30, 2020Town of Hartford Selectboard