The following temporary requirements have been promulgated by the Worthington Board of Health at public meetings on August 7 and 14, 2021.
They will be reviewed regularly and rescinded should conditions warrant.
The following health threats associated with the COVID-19 virus currently exist:
• there has been a continuing surge in COVID-19 infections in Massachusetts and throughout the United States due to the delta variant; the delta variant is much more contagious than the initial virus
• with the lifting of restrictions, people are now traveling widely, spending more time inside in restaurants and bars, and attending events with large numbers of people with unknown vaccination status
• there is an increased risk of illness, hospitalization, and deaths among unvaccinated children and young adults from the delta variant;
• the first three COVID cases in many months have appeared in the town of Worthington, two were among unvaccinated individuals;
• there are no vaccinations available for those aged 12 and under;
• there continues to be a relatively low rate of vaccination among adults under the age of 60 in Worthington;
• the Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is now requiring in-school learning. This means more crowded classrooms.
Based on its authority and mandate under Mass General Laws, Chapter 111, Section 122 and elsewhere to prevent illness in the Town of Worthington, and as a result of these health concerns, the following temporary orders have been issued:
(1) All students at the Conwell Elementary School, from pre-school through sixth grade, must wear face masks or coverings while indoors. Staff and visitors, vaccinated or not, must wear face masks or coverings while indoors to help protect this vulnerable population.
(2) Face masks or coverings are required for anyone, vaccinated or not, using indoor public spaces at all town buildings and facilities.
Exceptions include those for whom a face mask or covering creates a health risk or is not safe because of any of the following conditions or circumstances:
–the person has a mental health or other medical diagnosis that advises against wearing a face mask or covering;
–the person has a disability that prevents them from wearing a face mask or covering; or
–the person depends on supplemental oxygen to breathe.
(3) As of August 14, 2021 and until further notice, the Town Hall will be closed to any new recreational activities. Currently scheduled recreational activities can continue.
(4) Until further notice, anyone entering Town Hall must either be vaccinated or must have had a negative test within the previous two weeks.
Your cooperation is these efforts to protect all the residents of our community is appreciated.