Greenfield indoor mask mandate to end November 8

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GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Greenfield Mayor Roxann Wedegartner announced that the indoor mask mandate will be lifted on Monday, November 8.

“We’re pretty good this week, we have seven cases they are trending down,” said Mayor Wedegartner.

Mayor Wedegartner said after reviewing case loads in Greenfield, it’s time to remove the mask mandate. The mask mandate for the City of Greenfield was put in place on September 20th and will still be required in municipal buildings. Local businesses can enforce their own mask requirements. The downgrade does not affect the public school mask mandate put in place by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

“People should continue to their wear masks by their own choice when they’re in public places, where they can’t socially distance or don’t know the vaccination status of the people they’re among,” said Wedegartner.

There are 64% of Greenfield residents that are fully vaccinated. Mayor Wedegartner is urging the public to respect those who opt to wear masks in public. “I also encourage you to continue wearing your masks if you feel it is in your best interest, especially indoors in venues where you are unsure of people’s vaccination status and you cannot easily socially distance yourself. Mask wearing not only protects you, but it protects others. Remember, many children are still unvaccinated.”

Greenfield resident Michael Gold said he plans to continue wearing his mask when he’s inside public places, “If I’m having something to eat, let’s say McDonald’s or a fast food place, I take the mask off. I sit and chat with my friends, I have a cup of coffee, I take the mask off. But in general if I’m shopping, if I’m ordering something at fast food, the masks stays on until I sit.”

According to the Greenfield Health Department, there are currently 8 COVID-19 cases in the city as of October 27, with a total of 40 cumulative cases in October thus far.

Testing for COVID-19 is located at the East Building at Greenfield Community College during the following times:

  • Monday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Noon – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: Noon – 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Greenfield area vaccine clinics:

Additional information will be provided to residents on winter plans to aid those residents currently unhoused, and additional updates in Greenfield.

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