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The upcoming week holds the promise of a lot of news with residents heading to the polls on Tuesday and a look at homeless student statistic and a mask mandate later in the week.
A Lee resident is asking the Pittsfield Board of Health to issue a mask mandate, claiming that the COVID-19 rate is higher in the city than in his hometown of Lee, where a mask mandate has been in effect since early September.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in August authorized Commissioner Jeff Riley to require masks for students age 5 and up and school staff through at least Oct. 1, and Riley on Monday extended the requirement through at least Nov. 1.
Members also voted to urge the Select Board to order a vaccination mandate for municipal employees.
The Board of Health in West Springfield has approved an indoor mask mandate that takes effect the same day as the opening, for the first time in two years, of what's billed as the largest agricultural fair on the East Coast.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has given Commissioner Jeff Riley the authority to mandate masks in K-12 schools for the imminent start of the third academic year influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ben Downing is calling on Gov. Charlie Baker to issue a mask mandate that aligns with new federal guidance.