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Monday, November 02, 2020

麻州長宣佈晚上10點宵禁、聚會少於10人新規定


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       (Boston Orange 周菊子綜合報導) 麻州州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)(2)日下午1點半宣佈,本週五(116)凌晨零時零分開始,實施勸告式宵禁,晚上10點以後「留在家」,別出門。

             餐廳,酒吧,戲院,賭場,大麻店,博物館,以及各種體育,戶外活動,都必須在晚上9點半關門,以便人們有足夠的時間在10點前回到家,直到凌晨5點以前都留在家中。

             必須上班,看病,或購買生活用品,或散步者,可以豁免於此勸告式規定。

              人們在保持6英尺安全距離之外,沒有例外地在所有公眾場合都必須戴口罩。

             室內聚會人數限於10人以下,戶外聚會限25人。

               查理貝克也勸人們去做病毒檢測,說明麻州有18個地點可做檢測,各地方市鎮也設有各自的病毒檢測站。

             查理貝克不相信「封鎖」是件好事,人們應遵守疫情期間的指導原則,照樣上班、上學。

             麻州州長辦公室指稱,自從勞工節以來,確診個案上升了278%,住院率也增加了145%,訂定新規則是為制止疫情轉趨嚴重,以其麻州能保持正常的經濟活動,教育學習。

             查理貝克也表示,麻州人民大都很能體恤他人,勸告式的指導原則已經足夠。違反聚會人數限制規定者,將由地方政府的公共衛生部門負責處罰,最高可每超出限額一人罰500元。

             麻州健康及人民服務長Marylou Sudder在疫情匯報中表示,即日起麻州的匯報圖表將改為數位式。她指出,由於最近的新增確診個案,有一半以上是39歲以下的年輕人,州政府因此將增加以年齡分的確診個案數及圖表。州政府與各醫療機構合作聘用的接觸追蹤人員也增加300多人,總數超過1000人。(更新版)

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Targeted Measures To Curb Rising COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations

Early Business Closures, Revised Gatherings, Mask Orders Announced to Disrupt Growth of COVID-19 Cases

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a series of targeted measures to disrupt the increasing trend of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Governor Charlie Baker announced these changes at a time where public health data has indicated that cases are rising, with cases up by 278% and hospitalizations up by 145% since Labor Day. These measures are meant to disrupt rising trends now, so the Commonwealth can keep the economy and schools open for residents and to prevent the need to roll back to Phase I or Phase II of the reopening plan.

All orders and advisories will be effective Friday, November 6th at 12:01 AM.

New Orders & Advisories:

Stay At Home Advisory: The Administration issued a revised Stay At Home Advisory to ensure residents avoid unnecessary activities that can lead to increased COVID-19 transmission. The revised Stay At Home Advisory instructs residents to stay home between 10 PM and 5 AM. The Advisory allows for activities such as going to work, running critical errands to get groceries and address health needs, and taking a walk.

Click here to read the revised Stay At Home Advisory: www.mass.gov/stayhome.

Early Closure of Businesses and Activities: Governor Baker issued a new executive order that requires the early closure of certain businesses and activities each night at 9:30 PM. The 9:30 PM closure requirement is aligned with the Stay At Home Advisory and together the two new initiatives are designed to further limit activities that could lead to COVID-19 transmission.

Effective November 6, the following businesses and activities must close to the public each day between the hours of 9:30 PM and 5:00 AM.

  • Restaurants (in-person dining must cease at 9:30 PM, although takeout and delivery may continue for food and non-alcoholic beverages, but not alcohol)
  • Liquor stores and other retail establishments that sell alcohol must cease alcohol sales at 9:30 PM (but may continue to sell other products 
  • Adult-use marijuana sales must cease at 9:30 PM (not including medical marijuana)
  • Indoor & outdoor events
  • Theaters/movie theaters (including drive-in movie theaters), and performance venues (indoor and outdoor)
  • Youth and adult amateur sports activities
  • Golf facilities
  • Recreational boating and boating businesses
  • Outdoor recreational experiences
  • Casinos and horse tracks/simulcast facilities
  • Driving and flight schools
  • Zoos, botanical gardens, wildlife reserves, nature centers
  • Close contact personal services (such as hair and nail salons)
  • Gyms, Fitness Centers and Health Clubs
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Museums/cultural & historical facilities/guided tours

Click here to read the new executive order (including full list of businesses required to close at 9:30 PM).

Face Covering Order: Governor Baker also signed an updated order related to face-coverings. The revised order requires all persons to wear face-coverings in all public places, even where they are able to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. The revised order still allows for an exception for residents who cannot wear a face-covering due to a medical or disabling condition, but it allows employers to require employees to provide proof of such a condition. It also allows schools to require that students participating in in-person learning provide proof of such a medical or disabling condition.

Click here to read the revised face-coverings order.

Gatherings Order: Governor Baker also signed an updated order restricting gatherings. The new gatherings order reduces the gathering size limit for gatherings at private residences: indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 25 people. The limit on gatherings held in public spaces and at event venues (e.g. wedding venues) remains the same. The new order also requires that all gatherings (regardless of size or location) must end and disperse by 9:30 PM.

The new gatherings order also requires that organizers of gatherings report known positive COVID-19 cases to the local health department in that community and requires organizers to cooperate with contact tracing. The gatherings order authorizes continued enforcement by local health and police departments and specifies that fines for violating the gathering order will be $500 for each person above the limit at a particular gathering.

Click here to read the revised gatherings order.

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