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Posted on: August 16, 2021

COVID-19 Public Health Mandate of the Lincoln Board of Health and the Lincoln Select Board

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COVID-19 Public Health Mandate of the Lincoln
Board of Health and the Lincoln Select Board
 August 16, 2021

 In response to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Lincoln and throughout Middlesex County, including break-through cases among those who have been fully vaccinated, the Lincoln Board of Health has voted, in accordance with its authority under M.G.L. chapter 111, sections 31 and 104, to adopt an indoor mask mandate in the Town of Lincoln.  

Effective on 12:01 a.m. August 20, 2021, face coverings are required for all individuals aged two years and above in all indoor public spaces, or private spaces open to the public except where an individual is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability.

  • Food service establishment customers may only remove face coverings when seated.
  • Indoor performance venue customers may only remove face coverings in the actual act of eating and drinking.
  • Indoor bar and dance venue customers may only remove face coverings when seated at tables or seated at a bar. Patrons standing or ordering at the bar must be masked. Guests must be masked on indoor dance floors.
  • Lodging guests and workers are required to wear face coverings when inside hallways and common areas.
  • Houses of worship are covered by this order.
  • Fitness Centers/Health Clubs workers, customers, and visitors are required to wear face coverings during fitness activity, including strenuous activity.
  • Personal Services establishments, including but not limited to barber shops, hair and nail salons, all customers and workers are required to wear face coverings, except for skin or beard care that occurs on the face, the customer may temporarily remove the face covering but must immediately put the face covering back on for the remainder of the visit.
  • Masks remain mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.
  • All entry doors of businesses open to the public must be posted – advising customers that face masks must be maintained inside the establishment. Establishment staff must supervise and enforce this requirement.

This mandate will be in effect whenever the Level of Community Transmission data from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for Middlesex County is categorized as either “Substantial” or “High” over a consecutive two-week period.

With regard to the Lincoln Schools, the Board of Health has voted to implement a mandatory indoor face mask order that will be in effect with the resumption of school this fall.  The details of the School Department’s masking plan will be outlined by the School Superintendent.

We are grateful for the comparably high vaccination rate and strong adherence to public health best practices among our residents.


Frederick Mansfield, MD                                          Timothy S. Higgins

Chair – Board of Health                                            Town Administrator

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