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Everett Implements Mandatory Mask Order After Case Spike In Boston Area

A Boston suburb is ordering everyone over the age of two to wear face coverings in all public places.

The order taking effect Monday in the city of Everett comes as the working class city north of Boston is dealing with a spike in coronavirus cases impacting Boston and its surrounding communities.

Mayor Carlo DeMaria announced the order Saturday. He said the new rules require masks in both indoor and outdoor public spaces, including parks, businesses and restaurants.

Diners can remove their mask while eating or drinking, but must put it back on when they're moving about the establishment, the mayor said. Violators could face up to a $300 fine.

"I'm hopeful that the implementation of this order will drive our numbers back down to where they were a month ago," DeMaria said in a statement. "The intent is not to give out fines, but rather have those gathering in large groups wear face coverings to stop the spread."

Everett is notable for being home to the recently reopened Encore Boston Harbor casino.

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