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Mayor Daniel Rivera with the City of Lawrence Board of Health announces, effective tonight, a three-point action plan to attack the current public COVID-19 health crisis. These measures come as a result of the recent classification of Lawrence as a “Red” High Risk community by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Wednesday’s weekly Department of Public Health report. An internal review showed that close to 75% of the last hundred people infected in Lawrence were infected for one of three reasons: 1.) Large gatherings and parties, in public and in private; 2.) People that have traveled outside of the safe zone and; 3.) People who have had household contact with someone who has been at a party or large gathering or traveled outside the safe zone. The new action plan will consist of three key components to target community spread: 1.) continued enforcement of the $300 fine for violation the noise ordinance and $300 fines for violations of the mask order; 2.) in-person door-to-door follow up and education for people who travel outside the Commonwealth’s designated safe zones, included but not limited to the Dominican Republic, and high spread states. Printed Massachusetts Travel Forms will be available during visits and; 3.) roll-back of food service hours.
“Public health numbers for Lawrence continue to trend in the wrong direction. If the spread is so profound that kids can’t be in classrooms, then we must act swiftly and intentionally to combat Coronavirus in our community,” said Mayor Rivera. “Being a High Risk community is a scarlet letter and we all should be concerned. This plan will start with strong enforcement of loud music calls that will be treated as possible spread events, which will include taking the Governor up on his offer of using State Police for assistance with enforcement, and, follow-up with individual travelers returning to Lawrence to ensure they are following the Governor’s guidance regarding quarantine measures, and the roll-back of food service hours to avoid prolonged exposure and contact.” After two weeks, if the Department of Public Health weekly report still shows Lawrence as a “Red” High Risk community, the City is prepared to put in place more strenuous measures including a roll-back to Phase II or I if necessary. “People in the City of Lawrence need to know that we must fight this virus to make the environment safe for our kids to go back to school so our parents can go back to work and we will do this by all means necessary.”
Additional information on action plan:
Enforcement of loud music calls:
Travel monitoring and follow-up:
Roll-back of restaurant hours:
Questions or reports of violations may be sent to the Inspectional Services Department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (978) 620-3130