WORCESTER - The City of Worcester Medical Director Dr. Michael Hirsh issued two Emergency Orders on Friday, September 3, related to face coverings and reporting of COVID-19 positive cases. Both are effective Tuesday, September 7.
The first order requires all public, private, parochial, and charter school students, educators and support staff in all grades in the City of Worcester to wear a face covering in school buildings and on school transportation, with some exceptions.
The exceptions are:
Hirsh’s order also requires face coverings for any sports-related activity for student-athletes and coaches when indoors. The sports-related portion of the order is in alignment with guidance provided by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).
The second order requires businesses and employers to report positive COVID-19 cases to the Worcester Board of Health. The order intends to enable contact tracing and the enforcement of quarantine requirements.
The Emergency Order issued by Governor Charlie Baker required all employers across Massachusetts to report positive cases. When Baker lifted the Emergency Order, the requirement ended. The Worcester Board of Health is reinstating the same requirement within the City.
Hirsh’s second order, titled “Emergency Regulation Requiring Employers to Report Positive COVID-19 Cases in the Workplace in the City of Worcester,” mandates that:
Both orders remain in effect until rescinded by the Worcester Board of Health.