Those exempt from wearing a face covering soon required to wear face shield in Brookline

The measure is set to go into effect on Sept. 10.

A face shield gets an adjustment.
A face shield gets an adjustment. –David L Ryan/Globe Staff, file

Brookline will soon require those medically exempt from wearing a face covering to wear a plastic face shield instead.

Starting on Sept. 10, the town will change its existing requirement on face coverings to add in the new measure, according to a news release. There wasn’t an alternative to those medically exempt in the past.

“We are pleased with the level of cooperation with the existing face covering requirement,” Dr. Swannie Jett, the town’s health commissioner, said in the release. “However, it is important to reinforce the need for a protective layer that limits the possibility of spreading the coronavirus — as a cloth face covering does — while ensuring people with medical limitations are protecting those around them from COVID-19 without jeopardizing their own wellness.”

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The town has required face coverings since March, the release says. The state still requires face coverings in establishments, along with face coverings, gloves and eye protection for workers, plus Plexiglas in customer service areas.

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