Chicopee returning to Step 1 of Phase 3 due to increase in COVID-19 cases

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Chicopee will soon re-implement some COVID-19 restrictions.

A spokesperson for Chicopee Mayor John Vieau told 22News that the city will revert back to Phase 3 Step 1 beginning on Monday.

They’re putting those restrictions back in place since the city has been in the red for three weeks. Businesses like indoor performance venues, roller rinks, and trampoline parks will not have to close.

Other businesses like gyms, libraries, and museums will have to reduce their capacity to 40-percent.

22News spoke with one Chicopee resident who believes the city will benefit from bringing back some COVID-19 restrictions.

“I think it’s good that we are taking the precautions to scale things back,” said Rebecca Brooks. “Hopefully people will abide by that so cases can go back down and we don’t have to go back to Phase 1.”

Currently, Chicopee is listed as high risk for the virus on the state’s risk map and has remained there for three consecutive weeks.

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This story is still developing. 22News will bring you the latest when we learn more.

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