To mitigate risks to employees and to the public at large, and to avoid the need for employees to act as enforcers, the Worthington Board of Health voted at its meeting on June 2, 2020 to order that face coverings/masks be worn by the public when using the transfer station and when entering and using the post office. In all other situations, we continue to follow the Baker Administration order: wear face coverings in public indoor settings and workplaces and outdoors when 6 ft. of social distancing cannot be maintained. Exceptions include children under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition.
COVID-19 continues to be prevalent in Massachusetts and asymptomatic people continue to expose others even when symptoms aren’t present. Phase II reopening means that Worthington residents are likely to travel outside the area and to have increased contact with others.
The Worthington Board of Health has received numerous complaints about the failure to wear face coverings at the post office and at the transfer station in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Limitations in the number of cars that can access the transfer station have been imposed as one solution to this problem, but even with this precaution, the need for contact among members of the public and between employees at these locations cannot be predicted.
Masks are available for purchase in stores and online. Many are being made and distributed by volunteers for free. The Worthington BOH and the Council on Aging both have some available as well. Please call 413-238-5577×106 and leave a message if you need one.