Montague implements mask mandate

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MONTAGUE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Montague Selectboard voted on Monday requiring masks to be worn in public indoor spaces in effect beginning on October 4.

According to the town’s website, masks are required effective immediately inside town buildings and in public indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status beginning on Monday, October 4. Indoor spaces are defined as all places in the Town of Montague such as supermarkets, restaurants, and shops.

Rustic Romance was prepared for the restrictions and thinks they are a good thing to keep eveyone safe.

“Anything we’re doing right now to stop the spread of the Covid and not only keep our customers safe but everyone safe especially as we going into the holidays we all want to gather again,” she told 22News. “If we don’t start following rules it’s not going to happen.”

The Health Department is working on developing the final guidance and will be released before October 4.

Montague Town Administrator Steve Ellis told 22News said the decision was not just made with Montague in mind but neighboring communities like Greenfield with higher caseloads.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports the 14-day average of percent positivity for Montague is 1.76%, statewide is 2.24%. There were 1,082 Montague residents tested for COVID-19 from September 5 through September 15. There are a total of 59% (4,972) of residents fully vaccinated as of September 23.

Ellis said despite this resurgence, the Covid vaccine is still worth getting.

“The value of being vaccinated remains incredibly high,” Ellis said. “It greatly diminishes the likelihood that you will contract Covid.”

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

With new emerging COVID variants, doctors are reporting that symptoms are changing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common COVID-19 symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste of smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

According to experts, an earache is now being reported more and more by those testing positive for the coronavirus. Earaches can cause pain, a feeling of blockage and sometimes muffled hearing.

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