Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and continued substantial community transmission in the City of Nashua, face masks are now required to be worn by all individuals in public areas of Nashua City Hall, regardless of vaccination status. Signs will be posted throughout City Hall to remind staff and visitors.
The City of Nashua has been experiencing substantial community transmission since the first week of August.
“As of Monday, August 23, Nashua is experiencing a rate of 197.4 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days and a 7-day total test positivity rate of 6.3%,” said Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess. “Reinstituting the wearing of masks inside Nashua City Hall is a critical step in keeping everyone safe and getting our city through this public health crisis.”
Masks are currently required in the offices of Nashua’s Department of Public Health and Community Services, in public areas of all Department of Public Works buildings and, additionally, in line with federal guidelines, masks are required to be worn while riding city public transit buses.
The City of Nashua does not currently have a face mask mandate, although businesses and organizations retain authority to require use of face coverings on their property.
COVID-19 is spread from person to person through respiratory droplets, and can spread before symptoms develop. Face masks that cover your mouth and nose work to prevent the spread of transmission by preventing infectious individuals from spreading their respiratory droplets and preventing respiratory droplets from infecting the wearer.
The City of Nashua, in conjunction with its Division of Public Health and Community Services (DPHCS) and Board of Health, is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People in regards to face mask use. All people, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a face mask in all public indoor settings in areas with substantial community transmission. Data trends can be found on the State's COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated, immunocompromised, or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, should continue to wear a face mask when in public indoor locations at any level of community transmission. This also applies to individuals who have someone in their household who is not fully vaccinated, immunocompromised, or at increased risk of severe disease.
For additional information about COVID-19, visit https://nashuanh.gov/1332/COVID-19 or call 603-589-3456.