COVID-19 Information for the Holbrook Public Library

Order Requiring the Wearing of Masks/ Facial Covering Indoors

Effective, Thursday December 23, 2021: Pursuant to the declaration of a Modified Public Health Emergency issued May 28, 2021, by Governor Baker, and in accordance with the statutory authority granted to the Holbrook Board of Health under the Massachusetts General Laws, including but not limited to M.G.L. Chapter 111, the Holbrook Board of Health enacts the following order:

 

  1. All persons over the age of 2 must wear a mask or face covering, such as a fabric or surgical mask, covering the nose and mouth, while indoors in any public space, including but not limited to retail establishments, restaurants, bars, social clubs, houses of worship,
    personal care and fitness establishments, school, enclosed spaces such as but not limited to ride-shares or buses, event spaces, and municipal property.
  2.  Customers in indoor restaurants, bars, and events may only remove face coverings when they are actively eating or drinking.
  3. This order shall not apply when alone in a workplace that allows for appropriate social distancing.
  4. This order shall not apply to outdoor dining, outdoor events, or otherwise any outdoor activity.
  5. This order shall not apply to informal gatherings at private residences in which no compensation for use of the property is paid to the owner.
  6. This order shall not apply to persons for whom a mask or face covering creates a health risk or is not safe, or to children under two years of age.
Whereas:
  • The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a highly contagious and potential fatal respiratory disease, which is prevalent throughout the world, including the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Whereas, despite a significant reduction in deaths and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Massachusetts and a high proportion of vaccinated residents in the Commonwealth relative to other states, COVID-19 cases are on an upward trajectory in Holbrook and neighboring communities
  • The rise of new infections in Holbrook and the State corresponds with the emergence of the new variant of concern
  • On July 27, 2021, the CDC recommended that everyone in areas of high or substantial COVID-19 transmission wear face coverings when in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status, and currently Norfolk County had a high transmission rate
  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Health metrics indicate an increase in COVID-19 cases for the Town of Holbrook
  • That fully vaccinated individuals who become infected with COVID-19 can transmit the virus to others, masks are one of the most effective available tools to mitigate the spread of the virus.
This Order shall be effective immediately on December 23, 2021, and will be re-evaluated at the end of January 31, 2022.

Common Questions and Answers:

How do I know if I am a person at an increased risk?
Answer: Ask your primary care provider and they can advise you as to whether you are at increased risk for severe disease from coronavirus infection. Conditions that may put you at increased risk can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html

 

When am I considered fully vaccinated?
Answer:  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.

 

What if I am vaccinated and I get symptoms?
Answer: If a fully vaccinated individual becomes symptomatic, they should be tested and wear a mask until receiving test results. It is advised to practice social distancing.

 

Where and when do I need to wear a face-covering in Massachusetts?
Answer: All people in Massachusetts (regardless of vaccination status) are required to continue wearing face coverings on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities, and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings. See  www.mass.gov/maskrules for a complete list of venues where face coverings remain mandatory.

 

What if I am not vaccinated for Covid-19?
Answer: 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 can still spread COVID-19 to others.

 

If you are not vaccinated, you should:
• Wear a face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth.
• Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you.
• Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water.
• Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available.
• Get tested if you have been exposed.
• Get tested if you have symptoms associated with COVID-19.

 

What should I know about wearing a face covering?
Answer: When you wear a face covering or cloth mask, it should:
• Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face,
• Be secured with ties or ear loops,
• Include multiple layers of fabric,
• Allow for breathing without restriction, and
• Be able to be cleaned without damage or change to shape.

 

How do I get vaccinated or tested for Covid-19 in/around Holbrook?
Answer: Contact the Randolph Covid-19 Resource Center located in the rear parking lot of 128 Pleasant Street in Randolph by calling 781-961-0930 x 1 or by visiting https://www.randolph-ma.gov/home/urgent-alerts/covid-vaccine-testing-calendar.
Testing and immunizations can also be scheduled at most retail pharmacies. You may also contact the Town of Holbrook Board of Health at 781-767-3030 or health_board@holbrookmassachusetts.us.

 

Remember, COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective and every individual who is eligible and either works, studies or resides in Holbrook is advised to get vaccinated.

 

Note: This advisory may change based on public health data and further guidance from the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Holbrook Board of Health.

 

Last Updated: December 29th, 2021.

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