Shipyard Park will be decorated despite covid

Nov 10, 2020

MATTAPOISETT —Covid has taken away a lot this year, but holiday decorations at Shipyard Park will not be among the casualties.

Mattapoisett Selectmen agreed to go on decorating Shipyard Park this year, despite worsening covid numbers at a Nov. 10 meeting. 

The park will feature the holiday tree, as well as some other festive decorations. 

Vice Chair Jordan Collyer said he doesn’t anticipate crowds of people gathering to view the decorations, and that continuing to put decorations up would “meet the spirit and intent of the season.”

“I think trying to save some kind of normalcy would be beneficial for the town,” Collyer said.

The board also discussed the purchase of additional decorations to give the park an extra flare in trying times. 

“I just hope that this doesn’t encourage people to be in Shipyard Park,” Chair Paul Silva Said. 

He added that he hasn’t seen much compliance so far with Governor Charlie Baker’s expanded mask rules, requiring Massachusetts residents to wear face covering at all times outdoors, even when six feet of social distance is maintained. 

To combat crowding, Town Administrator Michael Lorenco said that the park would be decorated quietly, foregoing the usual tree lighting ceremony. 

“I’ll make sure we keep watch to see what sort of crowds there are,” Lorenco said.