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3M Relies on More Than Just Face Masks to Get Through Pandemic

(Bloomberg) — 3M Co. jumped after the maker of personal protective equipment reported strength in more than just its face-mask business.

Rising demand for cleaning supplies, food-safety products and even home-improvement items helped propel sales and profit above Wall Street’s expectations for the first quarter. While many industries have been decimated by the coronavirus outbreak, 3M reported Tuesday that its revenue rose 2.7%.

“These quarterly results were better than feared and indicated that there were still pockets of growth in personal safety, food safety, general cleaning and biopharma filtration,” Deane Dray, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, said in a note. Virus-driven demand for respirators, meanwhile, added 1.3 percentage points of organic growth, he said.

The results underscore the dramatic economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic. While demand has tailed off in industries such as air travel and restaurants, other companies are seeing soaring interest in products to fight

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Plymouth Orders Face Masks In Public Buildings

PLYMOUTH, MA — The Plymouth Board of Health became the latest South Shore community to issue an order to the public to wear face masks in public buildings and common areas of residences on Wednesday. The Plymouth order, which did not specify fines for non-compliance or language endorsing businesses refusing service to patrons not wearing masks, does include a $300 fine for for improper disposal of gloves, face masks and other personal protective equipment.

Weymouth and Hingham enacted orders this week “strongly advising” the use of face masks in those towns in cases where a social distance of 6 feet or more cannot be safely maintained.

The Plymouth order said the public must wear a mask covering the mouth and nose in any essential building, including, but not limited to, grocery stores, farm stand stores, pharmacies, home improvement stores, banks, ice cream manufacturers/dairies, government agencies, liquor/beer/wine stores, convenience stores, and

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Lowe’s is the latest retailer requiring workers to wear masks during coronavirus

Lowe’s Home Improvement joins a growing list of retailers requiring its workers to wear masks amid the novel coronavirus crisis.

Lowe’s announced Monday it immediately will require all associates to wear a face mask or approved face covering while working in a store or at a customer’s home. Masks and gloves will be made available to workers, the Mooresville.-based company said in a press release.

The company also will “continue to evaluate and adjust our operations to meet the evolving guidelines from the CDC and local officials around customer and associate safety,” said Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s CEO and president.

Masks or face coverings are not required by North Carolina or Mecklenburg County government officials.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, along with following social distancing measure, to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus

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