Infectious diseases are caused by germs, such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Some diseases can be spread from person to person very easily through respiratory droplets. Public Health Officials have determined that it is possible for an infected individual to transmit certain diseases without exhibiting any symptoms. One of the best means of slowing the spread of diseases is through minimizing close personal contact with individuals in a public environment (known as physical distancing), covering your mouth and nose by wearing a face covering and the use of proper hygiene (such as handwashing and sanitizing). The wearer should prevent the spread of disease by not touching their face, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands and not touching the outside of the face covering at all times. Lastly, individuals shall employ physical distancing by keeping at least six feet between themselves and others to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets.
August 3, 2020, the Enfield Selectboard adopted an Ordinance Relative to Face Coverings. This ordinance is effective immediately and remains in effect "during a period of a public health pandemic/state of emergency as declared by the Governor of the State of New Hampshire."