Easthampton lifting its pandemic state of emergency on July 1

  • Easthampton Municipal Building, 50 Payson Ave. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 6/15/2021 4:40:06 PM

EASTHAMPTON — The city will formally lift its local state of emergency on July 1, following the state’s lead in reopening as COVID-19 cases fall and vaccination rates rise.

The city previously lifted its mask mandate and all COVID-19 restrictions issued by the Board of Health on April 30, a day after the state rescinded its own pandemic safety guidelines. Massachusetts lifted its state of emergency on Tuesday.

The order, issued jointly by Mayor Nicole LaChapelle and the Board of Health on Tuesday night, “makes the City’s local COVID-19 orders consistent with orders issued by Governor Baker,” as well as standards and recommendations by the Department of Public Health and other state agencies, according to an announcement by the city.

Easthampton will reopen its municipal building to the public on July 1 as the local state of emergency lifts. A day later, the city will begin holding hybrid-style meetings, with municipal groups required to have a majority of their membership present while members of the public can attend in person or remotely, with new technology installed to facilitate remote participation.

The city issued its state of emergency on March 13, 2020 to accompany the state’s emergency declaration.

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com.

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