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Mayor Sarno and Health Commissioner Caulton-Harris Issue New Public Health Advisory and Recommendation

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris today issued a new Public Health Advisory and Recommendation to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and to continue to stress the importance of following social distancing  guidelines and measures.

The City’s Health and Human Services (HHS) Department continues to review and monitor the COVID-19 situation.  HHS staff continue to be proactive in the community by visiting sites across the city to assure that the public health emergency orders and recommendations issued by Governor Baker, the CDC and Mayor Sarno, are being followed and adhered too.  

In response to the ongoing and growing concerns of the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, Mayor Sarno and Health Commissioner Caulton-Harris are issuing a new joint public health advisory and recommendation for our residents.  

The City of Springfield is asking residents to wear face coverings when out in public, especially in locations where people are in transit such as but not limited to; grocery and convenient stores, bus and train stations, pharmacies and medical facilities, pet supply stores, and hardware shops or if they otherwise leave their home to participate in an exempt activity.  

A face covering can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to other people.  A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas. Health care worker masks (surgical mask, N-95 or similar) must be preserved for people in the health care system.  

It is important to note, that wearing a face covering should not give an individual a false sense of security. Residents are strongly encouraged to continue to follow all CDC and DPH protocols.

This advisory and recommendation is made out of an abundance of caution and continues with the city’s best efforts of being proactive for the greater good of the community’s public health and wellness. 

Please see the attached City of Springfield Health Advisory and Recommendation for Face Covering.

The City of Springfield will continue to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation.  The city is committed to keeping our residents and business community informed about the latest developments.  To stay up-to-date on all the latest information we encourage everyone to visit the City’s website at

The City of Springfield has a dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update webpage that is continually updated with new information and developments from our health experts, the city, the state, federal government and other important agencies and organizations. 

Page last updated:  Tuesday, March 1, 2022 01:32 pm