As the county negotiates the Delta Variant of COVID-19, we are beginning to see more and more institutions requiring face coverings, especially when indoors. The latest mandate comes from the town of Great Barrington, today.  

The town of Great Barrington is now requiring employees, visitors, vendors, and others to wear face masks in town buildings and in town-owned vehicles, effective immediately. According to a release from the town, the stepped-up public health measures reflect the growing risk of the Covid-19 delta variant. In late July, the CDC advised that everyone, regardless of vaccine status, wear a mask while indoors if they or anyone else present has risk factors such as weakened immunity or other health vulnerabilities. 

Great Barrington is going one step further in requiring masks in town-owned buildings regardless of vaccine status or underlying risk factors.  

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Great Barrington has one of the highest immunization rates in the state, but given the power of the delta variant we are stepping up our precautions to avoid virus transmission... We also urge our residents and visitors to honor the requests of local businesses that ask customers to mask up before entering. ~ Town Manager Mark Pruhenski 

 

Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield released new guidance Tuesday, saying that anyone who is visiting indoor spaces at the college will be required to wear a face mask, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. The college also announced that all faculty members, staff, and students in health care fields who will be working or learning in long-term care facilities must be vaccinated fully by Oct. 10th. 

Over in the northern Berkshires, the North Adams School Committee passed a policy on Monday that requires face coverings for anyone in school buildings and on school transportation. They also are required outdoors when social distancing is not possible. 

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