In-person meetings resume in Mattapoisett
MATTAPOISETT—Following the state’s removal of all covid-restrictions, Town Administrator Michael Lorenco updated the Board of Selectmen about new town protocol at a June 1 meeting.
The Selectmen were meeting in person and without masks. Other boards will be allowed to follow suit if they choose to do so.
Lorenco noted that several pandemic-era laws are currently set to expire, but state officials are working to extend them.
If new legislation is not passed, remote public meetings will no longer be in compliance with open meeting laws as of June 15. Governor Charlie Baker has filed legislation to continue allowing remote meetings under September 15.
Selectman Jordan Collyer said that he hopes all board meetings will continue to allow people to attend over Zoom. He said that would be especially useful for people who need to be appointed by the board but may have children to take care of at home, making meetings hard to attend in person.
Those participating in public hearings, however, would need to attend meetings in person, Collyer said.
Outdoor dining allowed under covid-era regulations is set to expire August 15, 60 days after the end of the state of emergency in the Commonwealth.
The state has dropped its mask mandate, except for on public or private transit, in healthcare facilities, or other facilities housing vulnerable people.
Everywhere else, vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask. Unvaccinated people are advised to wear masks inside and when they are unable to maintain six feet of distance from others.
Lorenco said those with questions about covid safety can contact Public Health Nurse Emily Field by calling 508-758-4118.