COVID-19 Current Events & Updates

UPDATED: June 1, 2021

Governor Baker Issues Order Rescinding COVID-19 Restrictions on May 29 and Terminating State of Emergency Effective June 15: https://www.mass.gov/news/governor-baker-issues-order-rescinding-covid-19-restrictions-on-may-29-and-terminating-state-of-emergency-effective-june-15

UPDATED: May 3, 2021

Effective April 30, 2021, the BOH adopted the state's Face Coverings Order, No. 55. and rescinded their local mask order titled: "Mandatory Wearing of Masks/Face Coverings in Designated Areas of Easthampton (PDF)."

See the full press release here: Order 55 Press Release (PDF)

UPDATED: April 14, 2021

The BOH voted at their April 13, 2021 meeting to rescind the following BOH Orders and follow the state Sector Specific Safety Requirements

  1. City of Easthampton Reverts Back to Step 1 of Phase 3 of the MA Re-Opening Plan (PDF)
  2.  All Essential Businesses Open to the Public (PDF)
  3.  Construction Sites (PDF)
  4. Recreational Camps for Children (PDF)

UPDATED: March 23, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Easthampton Health Department Launches Weekly COVID-19 Data Dashboard and ‘COVID-19: Now What?’ Video Series (PDF)

UPDATED: February 25, 2021

  1. Phase 3, Step 2: Effective March 1st, the Commonwealth will move forward into Phase 3, Step 2. This will reopen:
    • Indoor performance venues such as concert halls, theaters, and other indoor performance spaces
      • Open at 50% capacity with 500 person max
    • Indoor recreational activities with greater potential for contact: laser tag, roller skating, trampolines, obstacle courses
      • Open at 50% capacity
  2. Updated Capacity Limits: Effective March 1st the following industries will increase to 50% capacity. Employees will be exempt from capacity restrictions in all of these industries:
    • Arcades & Other Indoor and Outdoor Recreation Businesses
    • Close Contact Personal Services
    • Driving and Flight Schools
    • Fitness Centers and Health Clubs
    • Golf Facilities (indoor)
    • Libraries
    • Operators of Lodging (common spaces)
    • Museums, Cultural & Historic Facilities, Guided Tours
    • Office Spaces
    • Places of Worship
    • Sectors not Otherwise Addressed
    • Theaters and Performance Venues
    • Relevant EEA Industries – Youth sports spectators etc.
    • The following industries remain unaffected by capacity limits:
      • Drive in movie theaters
      • Construction
      • Laboratories
      • Manufacturing
  3. Additional Guidance Changes:
    • Effective March 1st, Restaurants will no longer be subject to a % seated capacity limit and their capacity is limited only by the requirement of 6 feet between tables
      • Musical performances allowed in restaurants (with appropriate distancing)
      • 90 minute time limit on tables stays in place
      • Limit of no more than 6 per table stays in place
      • Food courts remain closed
    • Effective March 1st, Fitting rooms may open in all retail businesses
  4. Gatherings Limit: Effective March 22nd, subject to public health data, the gatherings limit will increase for event venues and public settings, but will stay the same in private settings:
    • Event Venues and Public Settings:
      • 100 indoor
      • 150 outdoor
    • Private Settings (such as private residences):
      • 10 indoors
      • 25 outdoors
  5. Phase 4, Step 1: Effective March 22nd, subject to public health data, the Commonwealth will move into Phase 4, Step 1:
    • Indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks will reopen with a 12% capacity limit
      • A large venue is defined as a having a capacity of 5,000 or more
      • Venues with capacity under 5,000 are subject to the Indoor and Outdoor Performance Venue guidance
      • Large venues will be required to submit a safety plan to the Department of Public Health
    • Overnight Camps will be allowed to open for Summer 2021
    • Exhibition and Convention Halls may reopen, subject to gathering limits and event rules
    • Dance floors may open at weddings and events only
    • All other Phase 4 industries will not be able to open until a future reopening step. Those include:
      • Road races, street festivals, and parades, and fairs
      • Amusement parks, theme parks, outdoor water parks
      • Indoor water parks and indoor/outdoor ball pits
      • Saunas, hot-tubs, steam rooms at fitness centers, health clubs, and other facilities
      • Beer gardens/ breweries/ wineries/ distilleries
      • Bars, dance clubs, and nightclubs—venues offering entertainment, beverages, or dancing and not providing seated food service

Updated guidance can be found at www.mass.gov/reopening.

UPDATED: February 17, 2021

Effective tomorrow, February 18th, those listed in Step 2 of Phase 2 are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes those who are 65+, individuals with 2+ certain medical conditions, and residents/staff of low income and affordable senior housing.

To sign up:
https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/ (all sites)
https://www.northamptonma.gov/2219/COVID-19-Vaccination-Clinics (Hampshire County clinic @ Northampton Senior Center)

For assistance with signing up, please call either the Health Department (413-529-1430) or the Council on Aging (413-527-6151). Please leave a message if you reach our voicemail!

๐™‹๐™ก๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™š ๐™—๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™˜๐™–๐™ก ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™™๐™ช๐™–๐™ก๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฅ ๐™จ๐™ž๐™œ๐™ฃ ๐™ช๐™ฅ. ๐™Ž๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ข๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™จ๐™ž๐™œ๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ช๐™ฅ ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฌ, ๐™๐™š๐™—๐™ง๐™ช๐™–๐™ง๐™ฎ 18๐™ฉ๐™.

UPDATED: January 28, 2021

๐ˆ๐Œ๐๐Ž๐‘๐“๐€๐๐“ ๐•๐€๐‚๐‚๐ˆ๐๐„ ๐ˆ๐๐…๐Ž๐‘๐Œ๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ ๐‘๐„๐†๐€๐‘๐ƒ๐ˆ๐๐† ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐’๐“๐€๐‘๐“ ๐Ž๐… ๐๐‡๐€๐’๐„ ๐Ÿ ๐Ž๐ ๐Œ๐Ž๐๐ƒ๐€๐˜, ๐…๐„๐๐‘๐”๐€๐‘๐˜ ๐Ÿ, ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has created a 3 phased approach to vaccine distribution. Hampshire County Health Departments have stood up two regional vaccine sites in Northampton and Amherst. In addition to these regional sites, the MA DPH has also identified several other sites throughout Western MA.

๐‚๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐’๐œ๐ก๐ž๐๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ž & ๐„๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ: https://www.mass.gov/.../when-can-i-get-the-covid-19-vaccine

๐’๐œ๐ก๐ž๐๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ง ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ (please note: you must be eligible per the current phase schedule in order to sign up)

๐๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ญ๐จ๐ง ๐‘๐ž๐ ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐‚๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐œ
Northampton Senior Center
67 Conz St., Northampton, MA
https://www.northamptonma.gov/.../COVID-19-Vaccination...
For assistance with signing up in Northampton, please call: (413) 587-1219

๐€๐ฆ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‘๐ž๐ ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐‚๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐œ
Bangs Community Center
70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA
www.amherstcovid19.org
For assistance with signing up in Amherst, please call: (413) 259-2425

๐…๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ, ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ: https://www.mass.gov/.../covid-19-vaccination-locations...
For assistance with signing up, please call:
Easthampton Council on Aging at:
(413) 527-6151 (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.)
Easthampton Health Department at:
(413) 529-1400 ext. 430 (Mon-Thurs, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

๐“๐จ ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐œ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐œ, ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐„๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ญ๐จ๐ง ๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ข๐ฅ ๐จ๐ง ๐€๐ ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ญ: (๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘) ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•-๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ

UPDATED: January 26, 2021

Yesterday, Governor Baker announced the start of Phase 2 (individuals 75+) will begin on Monday, February 1, 2021.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ž๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง ๐๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐ :

  • Individuals 75+
  • Individuals 65+ or with 2+ comorbidities -
  • Early education and K-12 workers, transit, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works, and public health workers, and
  • Individuals with one comorbidity.

**๐™‡๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™—๐™ฎ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ž๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ

๐Ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž, ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐š ๐ฏ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐›๐ฒ:

The state has created regional clinic(s) within each county. Our regional clinic will be in Northampton. At this time, this clinic is not listed on Mass.gov. To view information about the regional clinic in Northampton, visit: https://www.northamptonma.gov/2219/COVID-19-Vaccination-Clinics Information around transportation will be forthcoming.

UPDATED: January 21, 2021

STAY AT HOME ADVISORY:

The DPH Stay at Home Advisory for the hours of 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM will be rescinded effective Monday, January 25 at 5:00 AM.

MANDATORY EARLY CLOSING ORDER:

The Mandatory Early Closing Order, which since early November has required certain businesses to close by 9:30 PM each night, will be rescinded effective Monday, January 25 at 5:00 AM.

SECTOR-SPECIFIC CAPACITY RESTRICTIONS & GATHERING LIMITS

Capacity Limits: Under the current restrictions that are being extended today, most customer-facing businesses operating in Massachusetts remain subject to a 25% capacity limit.

UPDATED: January 7, 2021

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the extension of further restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.
Industry restrictions for capacity limits and reduced gathering limits went into effect on Saturday, December 26th, and will now be extended for at least two more weeks to January 24th.
Read a summary of the restrictions here.
Read the emergency order here.


INDUSTRY RESTRICTIONS & GATHERING LIMITS
Capacity Limits: Under the current restrictions that are being extended today, most industries in Massachusetts remain subject to a 25% capacity limit:

  • Restaurants (based on permitted seating capacity)
  • Close Contact Personal Services
  • Theaters and Performance Venues
  • Casinos
  • Office Spaces
  • Places of Worship
  • Retail Businesses
  • Driving and Flight Schools
  • Golf Facilities (for indoor spaces)
  • Libraries
  • Lodging (for common areas)
  • Arcades and Indoor Recreation Businesses
  • Fitness Centers and Health Clubs
  • Museums, Cultural Facilities and Guided Tours
  • Workers and staff will not count towards the occupancy count for restaurants, places of worship, close contact personal services, and retail businesses.

All other rules and restrictions in each sector-specific guidance will continue to remain in effect.


Gatherings Limit: The current gathering limits in place since December 26 are also being extended. Indoor gatherings will remain limited to 10 people. Outdoor gatherings will remain limited to 25 people outside. The gatherings limit applies to private homes, event venues and public spaces.

UPDATED: December 22, 2020

Today at 1:00 p.m., Governor Baker announced a temporary Executive Order and revised COVID-19 measures to reduce the spread of the virus in Massachusetts.


The temporary Executive Order will outline the following measures that will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, December 26th and will continue until Sunday, January 10th, with a possibility of an extension of another week based upon available data.
This pause will reduce allowable occupancy from current capacity levels of 40% to 25% in multiple sectors.

  • Notably, this capacity limit will now apply to restaurants. Capacity will be set at 25% of pre-COVID seating capacity and distancing between tables and other requirements will remain in place. Indoor and Outdoor seating capacity must be calculated separately (rather than combining them).
  • Small spaces (such as personal services) and other spaces without clear occupancy standards may use 5 people / 1000 square feet as an alternative to the 25% occupancy .
  • he 25% limit will not apply to manufacturing, laboratories, drive in movie theaters, or construction
  • Employees/staff are exempted from the capacity count
  • Limits at indoor event venues are being reduced to 10 people.
  • Limits at outdoor event venues are being reduced to 25 people.
  • Current limits at private residences remain the same (10 indoors and 25 outdoors)
  • Limits at movie theaters will be reduced to 25% (no more than 50 people per theater)
  • Limits outdoor performance venues will remain 25% (with the max number reduced to 25 from 50).
  • Office spaces will be required to reduce capacity to 25%, but there will continue to be allowances for offices with “critical services”, such as public safety, public health, and other critical services. There is no approval required for these exemptions.
  • K-12 schools continue to be exempted from these capacity limits and will need to follow DESE standards and guidelines.
SectorCurrent Capacity LimitNew Limit
ConstructionNoneNone
Drive-In Movie TheatersNoneNone
LaboratoriesNoneNone
ManufacturingNoneNone
RestaurantsNone25% of seating capacity
Close Contact Personal ServicesNone25%
Indoor and Outdoor Events25 indoor/50 outdoor10 indoor/25 outdoor
Theaters and Performance VenuesMovie theaters - 40%, max 50 ppl
Indoor perf venues - Closed
Outdoor perf venues - 25% max, 50 ppl
Movie theaters - 25%, max 50 ppl
Indoor perf venues - Closed
Outdoor perf venues - 25% max, 25 ppl
Office Spaces40%25%
Places of Worship40%25%
Retail Businesses40%25%
Driving and Flight Schools40%25%
Golf Facilities40%25%
Libraries40%25%
Operators of Lodgings40%25%
Arcades & Other Indoor & Outdoor Recreation Businesses40%25%
Fitness Centers and Health Clubs40%25%
Museums / Cultural & Historical Facilities/Guided Tours40%25%
Sectors Not Otherwise Addressed40%25%


UPDATED: December 9, 2020

Today, the Baker Administration announced allocation and distribution plans for the first round of COVID-19 vaccine shipments to MA set to begin around December 15.

The vaccine will require two doses administered 3-4 weeks apart.

The Administration designated groups of medical workers, first responders, and residents most at risk for serious illness to receive the vaccine before the general population.

For more info, please visit: www.mass.gov/COVIDvaccine

UPDATED: December 8, 2020

Effective Sunday, December 13, 2020, the entire state of MA will revert to STEP 1 of PHASE 3. Easthampton voluntarily rolled back to STEP 1 back in October per a BOH Order. Although Easthampton was already in STEP 1, there are some additional changes/updates that are worth noting.
๐๐ž๐ฐ ๐ ๐ฎ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ , ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ง๐ :

  • Patrons must wear masks at all times except when eating and drinking— this means, unless you are physically eating or drinking, masks must remain on while seated, waiting for food/drink, etc.
  • Restaurants must seat no more than six patrons per table
  • Restaurants must impose a 90-minute time limit on tables
  • Musical performances at restaurants will no longer be permitted
  • Food court seating must be closed in malls
  • Customers are encouraged to dine only with members of the same household.

๐๐ž๐ฐ ๐ ๐ฎ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ ๐ฒ๐ฆ๐ฌ, ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ง๐ :

  • In offices, employees must wear masks at their place of work when not in their own workspace and alone
  • Employers are encouraged to close or limit the use of break rooms
  • Patrons must wear masks at all times in gyms— prior, masks were allowed to be taken off if at least 14 feet of distance was provided. Now, masks are required to be on at all times

UPDATED: December 7, 2020

Stop the Spread Site Added in Hampshire County!!

As part of Gov. Charlie Baker’s expansion of COVID-19 testing, the University of Massachusetts Amherst will launch a major community asymptomatic testing program starting Monday, Dec. 14. Free testing will be offered, by appointment only, at the Public Health Promotion Center (PHPC) at the Mullins Center.
As the Commonwealth enters a holiday season in which COVID-19 infections are surging, the state-funded program will, with some holiday exceptions, run four days per week through Jan. 21, coinciding with the university’s winter break. As the spring semester commences, the program open to the general public will continue, but with more limited hours, through March 15, as students return and UMass shifts capacity and resources to resume testing of on- and off-campus students twice weekly to protect public health.
Full details of the community program, including how to make appointments, can be found at www.umass.edu/communitycovidtest. Adults and children ages 10 and older will be eligible for testing.


UPDATED: November 2, 2020

Effective this Friday, November 6, 2020, Governor Baker announced a new order and updates to existing orders:

  1. Stay at Home DPH Advisory: Stay home between 10pm at 5am. This would still allow activities such as going to work, running essential errands, and taking a walk.
  2. Early Closure of Businesses Executive Order: The following establishments are required to close to the public (not to staff) by 9:30pm:
    • Restaurants, including Food Courts (except for takeout/delivery, no alcohol sales after 9:30pm)
    • No Retail Alcohol and Adult-Use Marijuana sales after 9:30pm (retail stores may remain open to sell other products)
    • Arcades & Other Indoor & Outdoor Recreation
    • Indoor and Outdoor Events
    • Theaters/Movie Theaters and Performance Venues (indoor and outdoor)
    • Drive-In Movie Theaters
    • Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities
    • Golf Facilities
    • Recreational Boating and Boating Businesses
    • Outdoor Recreational Experiences
    • Casinos and Horse Tracks/Simulcast Facilities
    • Driving and Flight Schools
    • Zoos, Botanical Gardens, Wildlife Reserves, Nature Centers
    • Close Contact Personal Services (such as hair and nail salons)
    • Museums/Cultural & Historical Facilities/Guided Tours
    • Gyms/Fitness Centers and Health Clubs
    • Indoor and Outdoor Pools
  3. Gatherings Executive Order: All gatherings, in public and private spaces, must end and disperse by 9:30pm, except for religious and political gatherings. The Gathering size for indoor gatherings at private residences is reduced to 10 (from 25) and the Gathering size for outdoor gatherings at private residences reduced to 25 (from 50). Indoor gatherings at public spaces and venues (e.g. wedding venues) remains at 25 and outdoor gatherings at public spaces and venues (e.g. wedding venues) remains at 50 in Phase III, Step 1 communities, and 100 in Phase III, Step 2 communities. Fines for violating the order will be $500 for every person over the limit.
  4. Face Coverings Executive Order: Updated language so that a face covering would be required in any public space, regardless of distancing. Additionally, allows employers and schools to require employees and students who claim to be unable to wear a face covering because of a medical or disabling condition to provide.
    proof. Also, requires face coverings in cars if carpooling with anyone outside of your household.

    Order Regulating Gatherings Throughout the Commonwealth (PDF) (updated 11/2/20 & effective 11/6/20)

    Governor Baker's Order Requiring Face Coverings (PDF) (updated 11/2/20 & effective 11/6/20)

    Early Closing & Alcohol Order (PDF) (effective 11/6/20)

    Stay At Home Advisory (effective 11/6/20)

UPDATED: October 29, 2020

Effective October 30, 2020, the City of Easthampton will revert back to Step 1 of Phase 3. Due to an ongoing increase throughout the Commonwealth and in Easthampton, the Easthampton Board of Health has ordered the city to revert back to Step 1 of Phase 3.

The following types of businesses are prohibited from operating during Step 1 of Phase 3:

  • Indoor performance venues
  • Roller skating rinks
  • Trampoline parks
  • Obstacle courses
  • Laser tag
  • Escape rooms

The following types of businesses must reduce capacity to 40% (previously 50% while in Step 2 of Phase 3) when operating during Step 1 of Phase 3:

  • Driving/flight schools
  • Gyms
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Arcades
  • Lower-contact indoor and outdoor recreation businesses

During Step 1, outdoor gatherings at event venues and in public settings are limited to 50 people (previously 100 people during Step 2 of Phase 3).

During Step 1, outdoor theater and performance venues may operate at 25% capacity but no more than 50 people (previously 50% capacity but no more than 250 people during Step 2 of Phase 3).

For more details on the sector-specific requirements for Step 1 of Phase 3 versus Step 2 of Phase 3, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/lists/business-sector-reopening-guidance-for-phase-3-steps-1-2

To view the full BOH order, please visit: City of Easthampton Reverts Back to Step 1 of Phase 3 of the MA Re-Opening Plan (PDF)

To view press release, please visit: Press Release (PDF)

UPDATED: October 5, 2020

Effective October 5, a limited number of sectors will be eligible to reopen, with restrictions, in Step II of Phase III for lower risk communities only:

  • Indoor performance venues will be permitted to open with 50% capacity with a maximum of 250 people.
  • Outdoor performance venue capacity will increase to 50% with a max of 250 people.
  • For arcades and indoor and outdoor recreation businesses, additional Step II activities like trampolines, obstacle courses, roller rinks and laser tag will also be permitted to open and capacity will increase to 50%.
  • Fitting rooms will be permitted to open in all types of retail stores.
  • Gyms, museums, libraries and driving and flight schools will also be permitted to increase their capacity to 50%.

Read more: Governor's COVID-19 Order #51

Revised Gatherings Order:

  • The limit for indoor gatherings remains at a maximum of 25 people for all communities.
  • Outdoor gatherings at private residences and in private backyards will remain at a maximum of 50 people for all communities.
  • Outdoor gatherings at event venues and in public settings will have a limit of 50 people in Step I communities, and a limit of 100 people in lower risk, Step II communities.

Read more: Governor's COVID-19 Order #52

UPDATED: August 19, 2020

The BOH voted at their meeting on Wednesday the 19th to require masks to be worn, regardless of social distancing, in certain areas of the city. These areas include:

-The downtown and mill areas as seen highlighted on the map attached to the order

-The Manhan Rail Trail (bike path)

-All city owned parks and property

Mandatory Mask Area

Additionally, a mask must be on your person while on any public sidewalk, outside of the areas listed above, and be put on when passing another or coming within 6 feet of another.

Full order: Mandatory Wearing of Masks/Face Coverings in Deisgnated Areas of Easthampton

Please do not dial ‘911’ to report non-compliance. To report non-compliance, you may email covidcomplaints@easthamptonma.gov or contact the non-emergency business line at the Easthampton Police Department at (413) 527-1212 or the Easthampton Health Department at (413) 529-1400 ext. 430.

UPDATED: August 7, 2020

Governor Baker is signing an updated gatherings order, effective Tuesday, August 11, which will:

  • Reduce the limit on outdoor gatherings from 100 to 50 people (indoor gatherings limit will remain at 25 people)
  • Apply these limits to all types of gatherings, on both public and private property
  • Require face coverings where more than 10 people from different households will be mixing.

Due to the recent increase in positive cases, step two of phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan has been postponed indefinitely.

To view the order, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/doc/revised-gatherings-order-august-7-2020

UPDATED: July 24, 2020

Today, The Governor announced that effective August 1st, all travelers entering Massachusetts—both out of state residents and Massachusetts residents returning home—must comply with a new travel order. This includes students returning to campuses for the fall semester.

More details on this order will be posted and available at: mass.gov/matraveler

UPDATED: July 16, 2020

On July 10, 2020, the Commissioner of Public Health rescinded the ban on reusable bags in retail settings. Therefore, reusable bags may be used again; however, please note that some stores may have their own set of rules regarding reusable bags such as customers must bag their own groceries if using a reusable bag, etc. to ensure the utmost safety to their employees. Please be respectful of any store rules that are enacted by the store owners.

The BOH Order, All Essential Businesses Open to the Public, has been edited to now allow reusable bags.

UPDATED: July 13, 2020

On July 13, 2020, the Board of Health rescinded their order limiting gatherings to 10 or less people. On July 2, Governor Baker issued an updated order pertaining to limits on gathering sizes in the Commonwealth. The updated order provides for new indoor and outdoor gathering limits as of July 6th.

Indoor gatherings are limited to 8 persons per 1,000 square feet of accessible, indoor floor space and never more than 25 persons in a single enclosed, indoor space.

Outdoor gatherings in enclosed, permitted or leased spaces are limited to 25% of the maximum permitted occupancy of the facility or 8 persons per 1,000 square feet and never more than 100 persons in a single outdoor space that is enclosed, permitted or leased.

Outdoor gatherings in unenclosed spaces are not subject to capacity limitations.

The following outdoor activities are prohibited: street festivals, agricultural festivals, walk-a-thons, road races and bike races, and other outdoor, organized athletic or recreational events that gather large numbers of participants or spectators outdoors are prohibited until further Order; provided, however, that outdoor gatherings for the purpose of political expression are not subject to this Order.

Updated: July 1, 2020

Today, Governor Baker announced that all travelers arriving to Massachusetts – including Massachusetts residents returning home – are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, except that, beginning July 1, 2020, travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Jersey arriving in Massachusetts are exempt from this directive and need not self-quarantine for 14 days.

For more information, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/travel-information-related-to-covid-19#travel-to-massachusetts

UPDATED June 16, 2020

The BOH Order titled "Recreational Camps for Children, Public Pools, and City-Owned Parks" has been partially rescinded. Recreational Camps are still closed.

The BOH Order titled "Closure of Public & Semi-Public Playgrounds, Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts, and Areas of Close Congregation" has been rescinded in its entirety.

The Mayor's Office, in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department, has released a Mayoral Order as it Relates to the Easthampton Parks and Recreation Department facilities and services. The Order can be found HERE.

The state has released sector-specific requirements for playgrounds, parks, athletics, etc. These requirements can be found HERE.

UPDATED: June 8, 2020

On June 8, 2020, the BOH edited the Order "All Essential Businesses Open to the Public"

Major changes include:

  • Requirement for curbside pickup only has been rescinded
  • Requirement for grocery stores & large food retailers to sell essential items only has been rescinded

UPDATED: June 5, 2020

Phase 2 will allow for retail stores to open, with restrictions, and outdoor dining to begin at restaurants. Indoor dining will be allowed later into Phase 2. Sector-specific requirements for retail stores and restaurants are posted below.

UPDATED: June 3, 2020

Fitness classes may be held outdoors. General requirements can be found here: Specific Safety & Reopening Standards for Parks, Open Space, & Outdoor Education Programs

In addition to the general guidance, the state has released the following additional requirements:

  • 6 feet of separation between participants
  • 12 feet of separation between activity stations
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times
  • No shared equipment, tools or materials
  • Gathering must be less than 10 people, including staff/instructors
  • Class must have pre-registration process
  • Temporary signage needs to be in place
  • All equipment must be disinfected after use

UPDATED: May 18, 2020

Governor Baker announced today his plan for re-opening MA. Mass.gov/coronavirus has the most up-to-date and detailed information.

๐‡๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฐ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ:

๐Ÿ. The state and local BOH Order limiting gatherings to below 10 people remains in effect. To view the local BOH Order, click here: Limitations on Gatherings

๐Ÿ. What businesses can open in Phase 1? What about phase 2 & 3? Search here: When Can My Business Re-Open?

๐Ÿ‘. There are sector specific requirements for Phase 1 businesses. These requirements can be found at the bottom of this page: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts#sector-specific-protocols-and-best-practices-

๐Ÿ’. Businesses who are allowed to open in Phase 1 must first meet the self-certification requirement. This includes a COVID-19 Control Plan, a Compliance Attestation Poster, and Employer & Worker Posters.

๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง: Reopening Control Plan

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐€๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ: Compliance Attestation Poster

๐„๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฒ๐ž๐ซ & ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ž๐ซ ๐๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ: Employer Poster & Worker Poster

๐Ÿ“. For essential businesses that have been open, they must comply with the above requirements by May 25, 2020. These do not need to be sent to the Health Department; however, they will need to be provided upon inspection.

UPDATED: May 15, 2020

Wondering where to get tested for COVID-19? Check out this COVID test site locator map: mass.gov/covid-testmap

Some sites may require a referral from your primary care physician. Call the testing site or your primary care physician for more details.

UPDATED: May 12, 2020

Yesterday, May 11th, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a four-phase approach to reopening the Massachusetts economy. The phases are listed below:

• ๐๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ will be “Start:” limited industries resume operations with severe restrictions

• ๐๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ will be “Cautious:” additional industries resume operations with restrictions and capacity limits

• ๐๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ‘ will be “Vigilant:” additional industries resume operations with guidance

• ๐๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ’ will be the “New Normal:” development of vaccine and/or therapy enables resumption of new normal

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ค๐ž๐ซ ๐€๐๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐๐ข๐ ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐›๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž-๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ. However, the Administration did release mandatory standards that will apply universally to all businesses that open in Phase 1. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐€๐๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐’๐š๐Ÿ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐š๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ฒ, ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐๐ฏ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐Ÿ, ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐“๐จ ๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐’๐š๐Ÿ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐š๐ซ๐๐ฌ, ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ:https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-mandatory-safety-standards-for-workplaces#overview-

These safety standards will be supplemented by sector-specific safety protocols and recommended best practices, which will provide further details and limited exceptions.

UPDATED: May 7, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: Under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 111, Section 30, “Boards of Health may appoint agents or directors of public health to act for them in cases of emergency…” The Board of Health voted on May 5, 2020 to appoint all sworn officers, supervisors, and commanders of the Easthampton Police Department as “agents” of the Easthampton Board of Health. This appointment allows police officers to enforce the Governor’s orders on behalf of the Board of Health in the event the Health Agent is not available. Police officers routinely patrol the city and have the capacity to assist the Health Department in this role.

The Chief of Police has designated a Sergeant to be the Board of Health liaison. The Police Department liaison and Health Agent will communicate regularly on any enforcement action that may need to take place.

Our goal is compliance with the Governor’s order and education. If someone doesn’t have a mask, we will work to provide them with one. Through donations, the Health Department has been delivering face coverings to residents throughout Easthampton with the help of the Council on Aging and Easthampton Neighbors. The city has purchased 4,000 masks and has plans to distribute them once they are received. Though the Governor’s order allows for civil fines up to $300 per violation, our goal is to gain voluntary compliance with the order. We are experiencing unprecedented times and as a community, compliance with this order is paramount to recover and go back to the normal we once knew.

If you are in need of a mask:

Please email health@easthamptonma.gov

or call (413) 529-1400 x 430

Please include:

  • Your address
  • How many masks (please limit 1 per person in your household as they are washable and re-usable)
  • Phone number
  • Whether the masks are for an adult or child
  • Where to leave the mask (i.e. mailbox, inside screen door, on porch, etc.)

Volunteers from the Council on Aging and Easthampton Neighbors will deliver the masks to you! Deliveries are made on Monday's, Wednesday's, and Friday's. All drop offs are contact-free.

If you’d like to donate face coverings:

Please drop off donations in the lobby at the Public Safety Complex located at 32 Payson Ave.

UPDATED: May 1, 2020

Governor Baker has ordered that on May 6, 2020, any person over the age of 2 who is in a place open to the public in the Commonwealth, whether indoor or outdoor, and is unable to or does not maintain a distance of approximately 6 feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a face mask or cloth face covering.

Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public Places Where Social Distancing Is Not Possible

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ๐ค:

Please email health@easthamptonma.gov

or call (413) 529-1400 x 430

๐๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž:

  • Your address
  • How many masks (please limit 1 per person in your household as they are washable and re-usable)
  • Phone number
  • Whether the masks are for an adult or child
  • Where to leave the mask (i.e. mailbox, inside screen door, on porch, etc.)

Volunteers from the Council on Aging and Easthampton Neighbors will deliver the masks to you! Deliveries are made on Monday's, Wednesday's, and Friday's. All drop offs are contact-free.

UPDATED: May 1, 2020

The Easthampton Board of Health has issued the an Order limiting gatherings to 10 or less people. This Order is very similar to the Order that is currently in effect at the state level. The Board of Health Order remains in effect until rescinded by the Board of Health regardless of the state's current status.

Limitations on Gatherings

UPDATED: April 30, 2020

THANK YOU to our extremely generous mask donors so far. We have received some really beautiful handmade masks in the past couple of weeks. If you would like to donate, please drop of cloth face coverings in the lobby at the Public Safety Complex located at 32 Payson Ave.

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ๐ค:

Please email health@easthamptonma.gov

or call (413) 529-1400 x 430

๐๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž:

  • Your address
  • How many masks (please limit 1 per person in your household as they are washable and re-usable)
  • Phone number
  • Whether the masks are for an adult or child
  • Where to leave the mask (i.e. mailbox, inside screen door, on porch, etc.)

Volunteers from the Council on Aging and Easthampton Neighbors will deliver the masks to you! All drop offs are contact-free.

UPDATED: April 24, 2020

Guidelines for Apartment Complexes, Condos, and Multi-Unit Faculties

Guidance for Building Owners and Managers for Complexes, Condo Associations and Other Multi-Unit Living Facilities.

UPDATED: April 28, 2020

Governor Baker extended the "Order Extending the Closing of Certain Workplaces and the Prohibition on Gatherings of More Than 10 People" until Monday, May 18, 2020.

For more information: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services

UPDATED: April 21, 2020

Official Order of the Board of Health: Face Coverings (RESCINDED MAY 5, 2020)

The Easthampton Board of Health is urging residents to wear face coverings when social distancing is difficult to achieve including but not limited to shopping at essential businesses, walking outdoors in confined areas (i.e. Manhan Rail Trail, boardwalk at Nashawannuck Pond, sidewalks), and/or when interacting with each other. Face coverings do not substitute the need to socially distance at least 6 feet from others. Persons infected with COVID-19 may not initially exhibit symptoms and therefore the use a face covering helps to minimize transmission to those around you.

Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves, bandanas, and homemade masks made of t-shirts/cloth materials.

Note: Employees at all essential businesses that remain open to the public are required to wear face coverings per the Official Order of the Board of Health titled: All Essential Businesses Open to the Public and dated April 9, 2020.

Per CDC guidelines, cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Per CDC guidelines, cloth face coverings should NOT-

  • be placed on a child under the age of 2
  • anyone who has trouble breathing, or
  • is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.

More Information:

To create your own cloth face covering, please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf

To donate:

Cloth face coverings for essential employees and residents in Easthampton can be dropped off in the lobby at the Public Safety Complex located at 32 Payson Ave.

To obtain a mask:

If you and your family is in need of a cloth face covering, please contact the Easthampton Health Department at: beichstaedt@easthamptonma.gov or by phone at (413) 529-1400 x 430. At this time, there a limited quantities of donations, please only request one per person in your household.

To view a copy of the BOH Order:

Official Order of the Board of Health: Face Coverings

Face Coverings Signage

UPDATED: April 9, 2020

The Board of Health has updated the Order for all essential businesses that remain open to the public. This includes grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, food establishments, and any other business that is deemed essential and is open. This order goes into effect on Monday, April 13, 2020.

All businesses shall adhere to the first and last section of the order (highlighted in yellow), if applicable. Grocery stores/large food retailers, food establishments, and pharmacies each have separate categories with additional requirements. These businesses shall adhere to the first and last category as well as their specific category.

Some of the NEW requirements for all establishments include:

each debit/credit card machine, counter, etc. shall be disinfected between each customer by the employee/cashier.

partitions shall be erected between the customer and employee at all cash registers, drive-thru windows, and/or any area where a customer and employee interact.

all employees shall be wearing face coverings, in addition to gloves (already required). These face coverings can be homemade cloth face coverings. Information on how to make these face coverings can be found in the order.

If you need assistance obtaining masks, we are currently soliciting donations in order to help provide masks to businesses in Easthampton. Please contact me and I can try to get some for you.

As a reminder, curbside pickup remains for all food establishments offering takeout. Customers shall not be entering your establishments to place and/or pickup orders.

Please read through the order in its entirety. If you have any questions, please contact the Health Agent with any questions.

To view the order: All Essential Businesses

UPDATED: April 7, 2020

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are in need of homemade face coverings made of cotton materials. These face coverings will be donated to local essential businesses and their employees. For an example on how to create these masks, please refer to the photos posted.

If you have medical grade N95 masks or surgical masks, please consider donating them to our first responders at the Police & Fire Departments.

Donations can be dropped off in the lobby at the Public Safety Complex at 32 Payson Ave.

DIY Cloth Face Covering Instructions

UPDATED April 7, 2020

The CDC wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

DIY Cloth Face Covering Instructions

UPDATED: April 3, 2020

If you are not sick but are:

  • a close contact to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 OR
  • recently returned from any travel outside of MA

Please follow these important steps to help stop the spread: Self Quarantine & Self Isolation Information for the Public

UPDATED: April 1, 2020

On March 31, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely. Governor Baker's order has been extended until May 4.

If the function of your business is NOT listed in the guidance linked below, but you believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, you can submit an online request using the form below to be designated as essential for the purposes of the Emergency Order.

UPDATED: April 1, 2020

On March 31, 2020, Governor Baker issued an order that applies to hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and short-term residential rentals including those arranged through on-line hosting platforms such as Airbnb or VRBO (collectively, as defined below, “lodgings”).

Hotel, Motel, Inns, Bed and Breakfasts, and Short Term Rental Order

UPDATED: March 31, 2020

Effective immediately, the Board of Health voted in two orders that will remain in place until rescinded.

UPDATED: March 26, 2020

Do you need a test to determine if you may have COVID-19?

The testing sites below are available by appointment only. If you believe you may need a test, first contact your health care provider. If he or she recommends that you should be tested, but their facility cannot offer the test, obtain a referral and contact one of the facilities listed below. You may need to undergo an additional eligibility screen before you can be tested. If you have a clinician’s referral, contact one of the sites below to make an appointment. These sites do NOT take walk-ins and require an appointment.

COVID-19 Testing Sites in MA

UPDATED: March 26, 2020

UPDATED GUIDANCE AND REQUIREMENTS FOR GROCERY STORES, PHARMACIES, CONVENIENT STORES, AND ALL ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

On March 25, 2020, Governor Baker released an order pertaining to grocery stores and pharmacies who remain open as they are deemed essential. In addition, the Easthampton Board of Health is requiring all convenient stores and essential businesses that remain open to the public adhere to the following requirements, if applicable, as well.

It is imperative that business owners and managers follow these requirements and enforce them. As essential businesses, there is high foot traffic in your establishments including those who may be elderly, immunocompromised, and/or high-risk.

UPDATED Guidance to Grocery Stores, Pharmacies, Convenient Stores, and All Essential Businesses Open to the Public

Required Signage #1

Required Signage #2

Governor Baker's Order 3/25/20

UPDATED: March 24, 2020

Quarantine Guidance

Isolation Guidance

UPDATED: March 23, 2020

ORDER ASSURING CONTINUED OPERATION OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES IN THE COMMONWEALTH, CLOSING CERTAIN WORKPLACES, AND PROHIBITING GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE

On March 23, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker ordered the following:

Essential Services & Workforces

  • The production and service sectors included in Exhibit A are designated as "COVID-19 Essential Services" and may continue operations during the state of emergency; however, social distancing protocols shall continue to be in place.
  • Restaurants and other retail establishments that sell food/beverage may continue to offer food and beverage for take-out and delivery as long as the social distancing protocols continue to be in place. On-premise consumption shall not be permitted.
  • All other businesses that do not provide COVID-19 Essential Services shall close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers, and the public as of 12:00 noon on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and shall not re-open to workers, customers, or the public before 12:00 noon on April 7, 2020.

Gathering Limitations

  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited throughout the Commonwealth.
  • This limitation shall not apply to the operations of any business or organization in its provision or delivery of COVID-19 Essential Services
  • Athletic and recreational activities that bring participants into close, physical contact are prohibited even when involving 10 or fewer people.

Enforcement

  • The Department of Public Health, along with any Board of Health or authorized agent shall enforce this Order and if necessary may do so with the assistance of State or municipal police.
  • Violation of the terms of this Order may result in a criminal penalty of a civil fine of up to $300/violation.

Copies of the Order, Guidance on the Order, and a list of the Essential Services/Workforces (Exhibit A) can be found here:

Order Assuring Continued Operation of Essential Services in the Commonwealth, Closing Certain Workplaces, and Prohibiting Gatherings of More Than 10 People

Guidance on the Order

Essential Services List (Exhibit A)

UPDATED: March 19, 2020

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS): ORDER OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH

REQUIREMENT OF HAIR SALONS, ESTHETIC (SKIN CARE) SALONS, SPAS, NAIL SALONS, BARBER SHOPS, AND BODY ART ESTABLISHMENTS

Due to the inability to maintain the minimum social distancing of 6 feet, the Easthampton Board of Health is requiring all Easthampton:

  • Hair salons
  • Esthetic salons (skin care)
  • Spas
  • Nail salons
  • Barber shops
  • Massage therapy establishments
  • Body art establishments

to suspend operations effective Monday, March 23, 2020 through Sunday, April 5, 2020. This order will be re-evaluated in two weeks and may be extended.

Questions should be emailed to the Health Agent at: beichstaedt@easthamptoma.gov

Board of Health Order

UPDATED: March 19, 2020

Guidance for Early Childhood Education Programs

Governor Baker has ordered all early childhood education programs across the State of Massachusetts to suspend providing childcare by 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, March 22, 2020. This will remain in effect until April 6, 2020.

At the same time, the Department of Early Education and Care (“EEC”) is establishing a process to approve Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs to serve vulnerable children and the children of families who are required to work to maintain the health, safety and welfare of all Commonwealth citizens.This approach prioritizes public health and safety while maintaining critical service for vulnerable children and the children of families who are required to work during this pandemic.

Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs will be the only child care programs that are allowed to operate during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

Child care providers who are able to begin providing Emergency Child Care must begin the approval process by applying here: Exempt Emergency Child Care Inquiry Form for Programs

For more information, including FAQ's, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/guidance-related-to-early-childhood-education-programs#frequently-asked-questions---for-providers-

UPDATED: March 18, 2020

Easthampton Board of Health Guidance to All Easthampton Based Businesses:

In order to slow the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Easthampton Board of Health has the following guidance that shall be followed by all Easthampton based businesses that are currently open to the public: Guidance for all Easthampton Based Businesses

The following signs shall be posted on all entrances to your business:

Required Signage #1

Required Signage #2

UPDATED: March 16, 2020

On March 15, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker announced the following:

  • On premise consumption of food and drink is not allowed. This includes all restaurants, bars, or establishments.
  • Takeout and curbside pickup may remain in place given social distancing is followed (minimum of 6 feet).
  • Gatherings of 25 or more are prohibited throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Grocery/retail stores and pharmacies are EXEMPT from the 25 person limit.

For the full text of the order, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-15-2020-large-gatherings-25-and-restaurants-order/download

For additional guidance on the above-mentioned order, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-15-2020-assemblage-guidance/download

Food establishments shall screen all of their employees prior to their arrival at work every day. Any employee who is experiencing symptoms of COVID19 such as cough, fever, and shortness of breath should EXCLUDE themselves from work and self-quarantine for 14 days immediately. Additionally, employees should be asked if they have been in contact with a confirmed case or have recently traveled to a country with widespread ongoing transmission.

Food establishments shall clearly post on their doors that anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID19 shall NOT enter the premises. Examples of signage can be found below.

High touch areas such as POS systems, phones, doorknobs, countertops, etc. shall be frequently disinfected. Employees shall be washing hands frequently. Hand sanitizer shall be available for the public before entering or shortly after entering.

Countries Experiencing Widespread Ongoing Transmission

Signage for Food Establishments/Bars re: takeout/on premise consumption

Signage for All Businesses re: symptoms

Signage for All Businesses re: important information to read prior to entering

Guidance to Food Establishments

UPDATED: March 12, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: Guidance from the State Department of Public Health is changing daily. The Easthampton Health Department will continue to update this report as soon as possible; however, for the most recent information, including the current number of confirmed and presumptive cases, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

On March 10, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency giving the state administration more flexibility to respond to the outbreak of COVID 19. The full text can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/executive-orders/no-591-declaration-of-a-state-of-emergency-to-respond-to-covid-19

The World Health Organization has declared COVID19 as a pandemic. A pandemic is defined as the worldwide spread of a new disease.

What is COVID19?

-COVID-19 is a new respiratory disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.

What are the symptoms?

-Symptoms include fever, cough/shortness of breath, and in severe cases, pneumonia.

-There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this novel coronavirus infection.

How does it spread?

-Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through respiratory secretions (droplets from coughs and sneezes) of an infected person to another person.

Prevention

-Wash your hands often

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

-Clean things that are frequently touched (doorknobs, countertops, etc.)

-Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze.

-Stay home if you are sick

-Maintain 6 feet of distance from others

Treatment

-At this time there is no specific treatment for this novel coronavirus. Antiviral medications used to treat other types of viruses are being used but their efficacy is not known at this time.

Notification of Illness

-If you are experiencing or receive a call or notice from someone experiencing respiratory symptoms who has recently traveled to China, Iran, South Korea, or Italy and/or has had exposure or possible exposure to an individual with COVID-19, encourage them to call their medical provider or notify the ambulance or emergency department before they go to receive care of their symptoms. This will allow medical staff to arrange for a visit that does not put other patients or staff at risk of infection.

Isolation/Quarantines

-Isolation refers to separating people who are ill from other people to prevent the spread of a communicable disease.

-Quarantine refers to separating and restricting the movement of people who have been exposed to a communicable disease and are not yet ill.

-The Easthampton Health Department may find themselves in the position of monitoring those in quarantine (individuals who may have been exposed to COVID19, but who are not showing signs of illness) and potentially enforcing quarantine in partnership with the Department of Public Health. Generally, quarantines are for 14 days, since that is the longest incubation period seen with similar coronaviruses. In addition the Health Department may be involved in monitoring those who are ill with COVID19 and who have been instructed to isolate themselves at home (i.e., those not needing hospitalization). Isolation periods will differ, depending on the length and severity of symptoms.

Additional Helpful Information

MA Dept. of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Disinfectants Effective Against COVID-19

COVID19 Fact Sheet

COVID19 Prevention

Current Case Numbers in MA

Guidance for Restaurants

Handwash Sign for Restaurants