LUDLOW — Chief Daniel Valadas and the Ludlow Police Department wish to remind residents of the recent changes Gov. Charlie Baker made to the state’s gatherings order.
On Nov. 2, Gov. Charlie Baker announced updated measures to address a rise in positive COVID-19 cases statewide. The new statewide order went into effect on Nov. 6.
“Recently, the state’s expectations of everyone changed slightly due to the rise we’re seeing across Massachusetts of cases of COVID-19, and we wanted to remind residents of the new measures that have been put in place,” Chief Valadas said. “It’s absolutely essential that everyone does their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep themselves, their loved ones and their community healthy. Please, wear your mask at all times in public, and if you’re having any social gatherings at home, keep them small.”
The order includes several updated expectations of residents throughout the Commonwealth, including:
- Indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 25 people.
- All gatherings must also end by 9:30 p.m.
- Everyone is required to wear a face-covering in public at all times, even if they are able to maintain six feet of distance from others. Those who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical or disabling condition are exempt.
- For more information about how to properly wear a mask and the state’s #MaskUpMA campaign, click here.
- A stay at home advisory has been issued for 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night. Residents are asked to only leave home during these hours to go to work or school, or for essential needs like seeking emergency medical care, or going to the grocery store or pharmacy.
- Certain businesses and activities must close nightly by 9:30 p.m. to support the stay at home advisory. Affected businesses include restaurants, liquor stores, adult-use marijuana sales, indoor and outdoor events, theaters and movie theaters (including drive-in movie theaters), performance venues, youth and adult amateur sports activities, golf facilities, recreational boating and boating businesses, outdoor recreational experiences, casinos and horse tracks/simulcast facilities, driving and flight schools, zoos, botanical gardens, wildlife reserves, nature centers, close contact personal services, gyms, fitness centers, health clubs, indoor and outdoor pools, museums, cultural and historical facilities and guided tours.
Local health and police departments are authorized under the order to fine organizers of gatherings $500 per person above the gatherings limit.