SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – The town of South Hadley held their board of health meeting Tuesday night to discuss the regulation on mask requirements for indoor public buildings.

Members of the community were able to voice their opinions and concerns about the mask mandate. Tuesday’s vote passed 4-1 in favor of a mandate. The mandate goes into effect this Thursday.

Ann O’Roark told 22News, “I’m for a mask mandate. I think it is important to do everything we can to slow the spread and protect those who are unvaccinated and help protect our neighbors.”

As of Tuesday, 18 western Massachusetts communities have an indoor mask mandate in place. This
includes Westfield, Easthampton, Hadley, Amherst, Lenox, Greenfield and Pittsfield. Springfield could also have one as early as next week.