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Erie County Executive issues emergency order on face masks

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Posted at 2:34 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 14:34:20-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — On Friday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz issued a Local Emergency Order regarding the use of face masks/coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a news release issued by the county, this emergency order, "compels all Erie County employees, fee-for-service workers, contractors, and interns and volunteers who are able to medically tolerate a face covering to cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering when present in any building or facility owned or operated by Erie County whenever they are unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance."

“The CDC has recommended wearing face masks to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, and I am putting this Order in place as an additional public health measure in Erie County-owned and operated buildings to better protect our employees and the public,” said Erie County Executive Poloncarz. “Everyone working in a county facility will now have a face covering on when they are unable to maintain social distance. We are all in this together and we should all act to protect public health.”