WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the use of
simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to help prevent people who
may unknowingly have the virus from transmitting it to others; and
WHEREAS, the Vermont Department of Health “recommends that all Vermonters wear
cloth face coverings when outside the home to help slow the spread of COVID-19;” and
WHEREAS, Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community
Development have issued the following instructions in conjunction with the Governor’s
executive orders regarding COVID-19: “Employees must wear face coverings over their nose
and mouth when in the presence of others. In the case of retail cashiers, a translucent shield
or “sneeze guard” is acceptable in lieu of a mask. Businesses and non-profit and government
entities 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 significant
threat to vulnerable populations; and
WHEREAS, wearing a face covering is an important act we can perform in an effort to
protect others from an infection that we may not know we have.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this Selectboard hereby issues the following
COVID-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.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 5; anyone who has
trouble breathing; or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to
remove the mask without assistance.
Cloth face coverings may not be worn during activities such as eating, drinking or being
identified by a bank teller that are not possible while wearing a face covering. However, note
that it is particularly important to wear face coverings while engaged in conversation.
Each business establishment is requested to post signage at the entrance and at other
appropriate locations stating that customers (or visitors) are required or requested to wear
This Resolution shall remain in effect until the Hartford Selectboard amends, rescinds, or
suspends this Resolution or until the Governor declares an end to the COVID-19 State of
Emergency in Vermont, whichever occurs first. Please note that this resolution may be
upgraded to an Emergency Order if there is a significant increase in local cases.
Adopted June 30, 2020
Town of Hartford Selectboard