What’s good for the schools is good for other town buildings when it comes to masks, according to Natick’s Board of Health and Health Department.
Town buildings are now open to the public.
But the Board of Health voted on Monday, in light of growing concern over rising COVID-19 numbers, that you’ll need to wear a mask if you’re working in any town building or visiting one. If you’re working alone in a cubicle with separation from others, you may go maskless.
Some town employees are unvaccinated, though the town isn’t sure of the exact status of all employees or of course the public that might be visiting Town Hall or other buildings.
Natick Public Health Director Jim White said at the Board of Health meeting that there have been COVID-19 outbreaks within departments that have resulted in quarantines and lost work hours.
“To be honest with you, my department is getting tired of dealing with town employees who still refuse to get vaccinated,” he said, recommending that the new rules go into effect on Monday, Aug. 16.
The town will continue to monitor COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, as well as vaccination rates, in determining how long to keep these mask rules in place.
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