Local municipalities issue guidelines on indoor masks


GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (NEWS10) – The Great Barrington Board of Health has issued a public health advisory to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Great Barrington encourages residents, tourists and employees to mask themselves indoors, regardless of their immunization status.

“I think it’s a good idea,” says Lynn Maier, Alford resident. Lots of people say they have no problem masking themselves. “… When I feel like it’s encouraged or needed,” adds Robert Scott, a resident of Pittsfield.

According to the CDC, many counties in the capital region are falling below the substantial level of community transmission of COVID. The county of Berkshire also falls into the same category. The CDC says residents of counties that fall below the “substantial” level are encouraged to wear a mask indoors.

Great Barrington health officials say the town has an average of older than state average residents and is a hub for visitors, which is why the advisory was issued. “There are other people who can get [COVID], and you have kids who can’t get vaccinated, we want to take care of those kids, ”says Lynn Maier.

In Albany, whether or not you have been vaccinated, the city now requires everyone to wear a mask inside all buildings in the city. “We need to protect our workers, we need to protect people entering our buildings, I made the decision with our management team to wear masks in city buildings,” Mayor Sheehan said.

The City of Pittsfield does not currently issue a mask warrant. However, City of Pittsfield officials are strongly urging employees and the public to adhere to the recent mask advisory issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on July 30.

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