SECTION 1. Chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding after section 5A1/2 of the following section:-
Section 5A3/4. (a) The department shall contract with manufacturers to produce cloth face coverings for purchase by the department; provided, that said manufacturers are registered with the secretary of the commonwealth as having a principal place of business in the commonwealth; provided further that said face coverings are produced in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Manufacturers whose employees have a union contract shall be prioritized for the purpose of this legislation.
(b) The department shall purchase cloth face coverings from manufacturers in accordance with section 5A.
(c) The department, in coordination with Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, shall distribute cloth face coverings to local Emergency Management Directors or local health officers for use by municipal employees and residents.
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