Everett at about %70 vaccinated, school masks requirements in force
By JOSH RESNEK
If you listen to Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karen Polito talk about it, the virus can and has been contained in Massachusetts because the population here is not at odds about being vaccinated and to wear masks and to social distance.
“Our figures are a reflection of the high standards we keep in the state of Massachusetts. Massachusetts residents don’t have to be sold on the advantage of paying attention to science over superstition,” Polito told the Leader Herald.
Here in Everett, about 70% of the residents have been vaccinated against the COVID-19, according to Massachusetts Department of Health officials.
This is good but not good enough.
With 30% of the Everett population not vaccinated, a lot of room is left for the COVID-19 virus to find a home and to hang around, and to grow.
If enough spreader-type events take place among those largely unvaccinated, Massachusetts will suffer the consequences as a result.
Thanks to a very generous anonymous donation, the Everett Public Schools has received a gift of more than 800 sets of reusable N95 masks, enough for every staff member in the district. The masks are designed to be worn for one day, and then stored for reuse seven days later. They do not require washing.
Face coverings are now required in all indoor and outdoor venues throughout the city in all its public places, following an edict put into motion by city hall over the weekend.
Those failing to pay heed to the edict will face fines up to $300, according to officials at city hall.
The intensified battle to control and or to erase the virus locally began Monday.
This edict is consistent with new fears that an uptick in virus cases in Massachusetts might be signaling a new wave of infected.
The city’s police, health and inspectional services departments will strictly enforce the guidelines and can issue warnings and or violations to those not adhering to the face mask order.
Restaurant patrons must be wearing their face masks when they walk into all local restaurants and food outlets but are allowed to remove their masks in order to eat – so long as the seating is properly social distanced with six feet between tables.
Bloom Dry Cleaning & Alterations on Broadway is creating and selling handmade face masks. Rocco Carzo and Stephania Huamani have already sewn over 1,000 masks in just the past month and can have an order ready in less than two days