NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – In Massachusetts, masks are no longer required outdoors if you can practice social distancing. Now many Western Massachusetts communities are also falling in line with the state’s rules
“I hope that the numbers continue to go down so we can feel comfortable taking off our masks,” Kate Miller of Northampton said. “We want to protect our vulnerable citizens and people who haven’t gotten vaccinated yet.”
The Easthampton Board of Health recently voted to revoke their Mandatory Mask Zone Order, and now Northampton is doing the same starting on May 6.
“I am fine with it lifting outdoors,” Verna Frasca of Florence said. “But walking around downtown I will still wear the mask. When I’m at the park or in my neighborhood and likely to run into somebody I will bring it with me.”
In Northampton face coverings will continue to be required at all times inside or waiting in line outside places like grocery stores and restaurants.
Masks are optional outdoors where 6 ft of distance is possible. That will include public parks, bike paths, and other outdoor settings. But that will not include venues, hotels, and other businesses that host indoor or outdoor events.
And in private outdoor and indoor settings, small groups of people do not have to wear a mask. Below are the new requirements and exemptions:
Face coverings will continue to be required at all times in the following situations and settings:
- Inside or waiting in line outside of grocery stores, retail stores, pharmacies, and restaurants
- Providing or using the services of any public or shared transportation, including taxis, ride shares (Uber, Lyft, etc), bus, train, plane
- Public streets and ways where physical distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be maintained
- Any location, including hotels, event venues, and private clubs, that hosts indoor or
- outdoor events or performances
Face coverings are optional in the following situations and settings:
- Outdoors where at least 6 feet of distance from other people can be continuously maintained. This includes public parks, bike paths, walkways, and other outdoor settings where physical distancing is easily maintained. This does not include venues, hotels, and other businesses that host indoor or outdoor events.
- When communicating with someone who has a hearing impairment or other disability
- In specific circumstances, such as when eating or drinking in restaurants, receiving dental care, or participating in water sports and swimming
- In private outdoor and indoor settings, in small groups with members of the same household or non-household members
You can make an appointment for vaccination at the Northampton Senior Center here. For more information on other COVID-19 related issues, please contact the Northampton Health Department at (413) 587-1219.