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Friday, August 20, 2021

Kim Janey 宣佈波士頓市室內必須戴口罩 8/27起生效

 

波士頓市長Kim Janey提五點計畫,規定民眾室內戴口罩。

          (Boston Orange編譯) 波士頓市長Kim Janey(20)日宣佈五點計畫,以防範傳染性更強,已知是目前最主要病毒株的Delta變種病毒,其中之一是波士頓市所有公共場所的室內,必須戴口罩。

             波士頓市公共衛生局發佈的這一公共衛生命令,從827(週五)早上8點起生效,要求市內所有2歲以上民眾戴口罩。

             無論是企業、俱樂部或其他向公眾開放的集會場所,包括但不僅限於零售店面,餐館,酒吧,表演場所,社交俱樂部,活動空間,以及市政大樓等,只要是在室內,就必須戴口罩。

               在大約有5萬名大專院校學生將從全國各地回到波士頓上學,還有5萬多名波士頓公校學生也要回校上課,大約10萬名住在波士頓的兒童孩年紀太小,不符合施打疫苗資格之際,波士頓市採取這一措施,以舒緩社區內可能發生的Delta變種病毒傳播。

             波士頓公共衛生局代理主任Rita Nieves表示,Delta變種病毒持續是在社區內制止新冠病毒擴散的額外挑戰,在室內戴口罩,有更多人施打了疫苗,才會更能保障所有居民

             吃或喝東西時,可以拿下口罩,但其他的室內活動,包括在酒吧點酒或跳舞,甚至在健身房,都必須戴口罩。

                  這一戴口罩命令,並不適用於不支付費用的私人居所聚會,或是公眾不能進入的私人大樓,崇拜場所,公眾無法進入的私人工作空間,或者是和觀眾保持6英尺安全距離的表演者。

             Kim Janey市長的5點計畫包括:

             公平取得疫苗及加強劑

             規定市府員工注射疫苗

             給學校買新空調系統

             學校及市府大樓規定戴口罩

             所有公共場合必須戴口罩

             波士頓市是全美已最完全注射疫苗的大城市之一,68%居民已至少注射一劑疫苗。過去兩週來,有將近8千居民注射了第一劑疫苗。到8月底時,所有市府員工,合約商,以及志工,都必須經由安全的中央化數位門戶網站證明他們的施打疫苗狀態。

             Kim Janey已承諾撥款3000萬元來改善波士頓公校樓宇的暖氣,通風及空調。來年將實施大範圍的空調系統安裝及更新。

             查詢有關戴口罩新規定詳情可上網,boston.gov/reopening。有特定問題的餐館東主可發電郵到 licensingboard@boston.gov。有其他關於這規定的,或是一般性問題,可撥打電話311,或發電郵到  smallbiz@boston.gov

 

 

MAYOR JANEY ANNOUNCES INDOOR MASK MANDATE FOR THE CITY OF BOSTON

City to address COVID-19 Delta variant through five-point plan

 

BOSTON - Friday, August 20, 2021 - Mayor Kim Janey today announced face masks will be required in all indoor public settings in the City of Boston, as part of a Five-Point Plan for the Delta Variant, a more contagious COVID-19 variant that is now the primary strain of the virus. The public health order, issued by the Boston Public Health Commission, is effective at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 27 in the City of Boston. The City is implementing this proactive public health plan to mitigate community transmission of the Delta variant, ahead of the arrival of more than 50,000 college students from across the country and a return to school for more than 50,000 Boston Public School students. Most of the 100,000 children who live in the City of Boston are too young to be eligible for vaccination. 

“There is nothing more important than Boston’s safe recovery, reopening, and renewal from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor Janey. “We know that masks work best when everyone wears one. Requiring masks indoors is a proactive public health measure to limit transmission of the Delta variant, boost the public confidence in our businesses and venues, and protect the residents of our city who are too young for vaccination.” 

“The Delta variant continues to create an additional challenge to stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Rita Nieves, the Interim Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. “Wearing a mask indoors along with getting more people vaccinated will offer more protection to all our residents, including children under 12 and those who are not able to get vaccinated.”

Through an order from the Boston Public Health Commission, the City of Boston will require all people over age two to wear a mask or face covering:

·    Whenever they are indoors on the premises of a business, club, place of assembly or other place that is open to members of the public, including but not limited to retail establishments, restaurants, bars, performance venues, social clubs, event spaces, and municipal buildings.

Face coverings may be removed when actively eating or drinking. Masks must be worn for all other indoor activities, including ordering at a bar or dancing. Masks are also required in gyms. The order does not apply to gatherings in private residences when no compensation is paid, private buildings that are inaccessible to the public, places of worship, private workspaces inaccessible to the public, or performers who maintain six feet of distance from their audience.  

Mayor Janey’s new face covering order builds on the City’s ongoing efforts to address the COVID-19 Delta Variant. The Five Point Plan for the Delta Variant includes:

·    Equitable vaccine and booster access 

·    Vaccine mandate for city workers

·    New HVAC investments for schools

·    Mask mandate for schools and city buildings

·    New mask mandate in all public spaces

“Boston’s five-point plan for the Delta variant places vaccination and prevention at the center of our COVID-19 response,” said Mayor Janey. “I ask that every resident of Boston do their part to keep our city safe. Get vaccinated, wear your mask, wash your hands, and get tested, especially if you have traveled, are experiencing symptoms, or have been exposed to the virus.”

Boston is one of the most vaccinated large cities in the country, with over 68 percent of residents having at least one shot. In the last two weeks, nearly 8,000 residents got their first dose of the vaccine. By the end of August, all City employees, contractors, and volunteers will be required to verify their vaccination status through a secure centralized digital portal. 

Mayor Janey has also committed $30 million to improve heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in Boston Public School buildings. The wide-ranging HVAC installations and upgrades will be performed throughout the coming school year.

The new mask requirement was welcomed by leaders of the healthcare and arts sectors that have been among the most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I commend the Mayor’s decision to protect the safety of our families and neighbors by instituting a mask mandate for indoor public spaces,” said Kate Walsh, President and CEO of the Boston Medical Center. “The high risk of infection associated with the Delta variant poses a critical challenge for our communities. We all have a responsibility to do everything we can to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infections while continuing to encourage everyone to get the vaccine, including those 12 and older who will be going back to school soon.”

"I want to thank Mayor Janey and the entire City of Boston for taking this step to promote a healthy space for patrons,” said Emily Ruddock, Executive Director of MassCreative, the state-level arts advocacy organization. “As we continue to respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we support this indoor mask mandate to ensure that Boston's vibrant arts and culture sector is safe for all to enjoy."

"The City of Boston has come a long way in ensuring that every resident has had access to the critical resources needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including vaccinations and testing. The CDC reports that indoor masking will cut transmission by about 66 percent. I want to thank Mayor Janey for taking this precaution. Keeping Boston's economy strong means continuing to promote best practices for keeping all Bostonians healthy and safe as we continue to battle the pandemic," said Tim Rowe, CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC).

“Boston University welcomes and applauds Mayor Janey’s decision to institute an indoor space mask mandate,”  said Dr. Judy Platt, chair of Boston University’s Medical Advisory Group. “The action complements the university’s own indoor mask rule, and together these policies make the city a safer place for our students, the people of Boston, and the communities within which we reside.”

"I am happy to hear guests will be joining me in wearing masks,” said John Flannery, Doorman at Fairmont Copley Plaza. “I think this will ensure that everyone at my hotel is safe and respected.”

"The members of Local 26 applaud Mayor Janey’s implementation of a mask mandate for indoor spaces. This will ensure that hospitality workers are safe at work and our industry can continue its recovery,” said Carlos Aramayo, Local 26 President. “We believe that by implementing smart health and safety policies we can continue safely to welcome guests back to our great city."

Frequently asked questions about the new mask mandate are available on boston.gov/reopening. Restaurant owners with questions specific may contact: licensingboard@boston.gov. If you are in any other sector covered by this mandate, or you have general questions, please call 311 or contact: smallbiz@boston.gov. 

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