HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke Acting Mayor Terence Murphy held a news conference Friday morning, to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and mask policy in the city.
Effective Tuesday, September 7 all city employees and visitors to the municipal buildings are required to wear a face mask. A news release sent to 22News by the mayor’s office states that Murphy joined Board of Health Director Sean Gonsalves and City Nurse Deborah Schaier for the 11:00 A.M. news conference.
COVID-19 cases have been surging in western Massachusetts and across the country due to the spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant. Nearby Northampton and Easthampton recently implemented new mandatory indoor masking policies, with masking also required for certain outdoor events where social distancing is not possible. Neighboring South Hadley has requested its businesses also require patrons to wear masks indoors, but it is not a mandate.