By Beth David, Editor
As of Monday, 11/2, Fairhaven dropped back a notch in the reopening trajectory, due to the town being in the red on the state’s map. The town is now in Phase 3, Step 1, instead of Step 2. The red designation is higher risk, and Mass. Governor Charlie Baker ordered that any community in the red for three weeks needs to go back a step in the reopening process.
The Fairhaven Health Department issued the following statement: “The Town of Fairhaven has been ‘red’ on the map for 3 consecutive weeks.
“It is very important that we continue to wash our hands, practice social distancing, and wear a mask/face covering to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
“Effective Monday, November 2nd Fairhaven will revert back to Phase 3 Step 1…Please reach out to the Fairhaven Board of Health (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (email@example.com) with any questions.”
Governor Orders More Restrictions
Governor Baker also signed three new executive orders designed to stem the tide of rising COVID cases in the state.
A revised stay-at-home advisory requires people to be hom from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., except for work commutes or essential errands, and walking outdoors. All bars and restaurants have to be closed between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Gov. Baker also changed the statewide mask order. Everyone in a public space, even outdoors, is required to wear a mask, even if maintaining social distancing.
Private gatherings also have new limits: 10 people if indoors (down from 25) and 25 if outdoors (from 50).
Restaurants have to stop indoor dining by 9:30 p.m. to give people time to get home by 10, said the Governor, although take-out is allowed after 9:30. Liquor sales must stop at 9:30 p.m., although stores that sell other items may stay open to sell those items.
The state has also changed its website to include more details on community cases. The website is updated daily now instead of weekly.
Visit www.mass.gov for more information.
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