GREENFIELD – Mayor Roxann Wedegartner and Greenfield Health Department Director Jennifer Hoffman are pleased to announce the lifting of the city-wide mask advisory that went into effect last year. Beginning Saturday, May 29, 2021, and in accordance with the Commonwealth, wearing masks will no longer be required while in public in the City of Greenfield. This decision follows the recommendation of the Greenfield Board of Health, who held an emergency meeting on Monday, May 24, 2021, and follows last week’s announcement by Governor Charlie Baker.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued updated guidelines for the Commonwealth which go into place on May 29, 2021. These new guidelines also include information that has been shared by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
“For individuals who are fully vaccinated, the CDC guidance says you may resume all of the activities that you engaged in prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where otherwise required by federal, state, or local laws, rules, or regulations. An individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. However, if a fully vaccinated individual becomes symptomatic, they should be tested and wear a mask until receiving test results.
All people in Massachusetts (regardless of vaccination status) are required to continue wearing face coverings in certain settings, including transportation and health care facilities. Please see www.mass.gov/maskrules for a complete list of venues where face coverings remain mandatory as of May 29, 2021. For individuals who are not fully vaccinated, it is important that you continue to wear a face covering or mask to help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to other people. People who show no symptoms of illness may still be able to spread COVID-19.”
According to Greenfield Health Director Jennifer Hoffman, “We are pleased to be able to make this announcement and thank City residents for their tenacity during the COVID-19 pandemic to help stop the spread in Greenfield. I encourage everyone to continue using their best judgment and continue to do what’s best for their families and be sure to follow guidance set by the CDC.”
Mayor Roxann Wedegartner stated, “Kindness matters. We will undoubtedly have members of our community who may want to continue wearing a mask and we should be respectful of their concerns. We have a done great job managing through this historic pandemic as a City and I thank everyone for their consideration, respect, and kindness.”
To help continue to protect the public, masks will still be required for all visitors to City Hall* until further notice; we thank you for your continued patience. All private businesses and entities in Greenfield are welcome to use their own discretion, for both patrons and employees, when it comes to continuing or lifting any mask advisory.
If you have any questions or concerns about the lifting of the mask advisory in Greenfield, please feel free to visit www.greenfield-ma.gov for more information or contact the Greenfield Health Department at 413-772-1404.
*and other public-facing, municipal buildings including the Greenfield Public Library, 20 Sanderson Street (Recreation/Board of Health), and 189 Wells Street (DPW)