Maskless Great Barrington

A sign addressing mask usage is displayed in June at SoCo Creamery in Great Barrington.

The town of Great Barrington now is requiring employees, visitors, vendors and others to wear face masks in town buildings and in town-owned vehicles, effective immediately.

The stepped-up public health measures reflect the growing risk of the COVID-19 delta variant. In late July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised that everyone, regardless of vaccine status, wear a mask while indoors if they or anyone else present has risk factors, such as weakened immunity or other health vulnerabilities.

The town now is going a step further, requiring masks in town-owned buildings, regardless of vaccine status or underlying risk factors.

"Great Barrington has one of the highest immunization rates in the state, but given the power of the delta variant we are stepping up our precautions to avoid virus transmission," said Town Manager Mark Pruhenski.

"We also urge our residents and visitors to honor the requests of local businesses that ask customers to mask up before entering," he said.

Jeannie Maschino can be reached at 413-496-6256 or jmaschino@berkshireeagle.com.

Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989.