Westford Residents ‘Stand Out’ Against Mask Mandate – Sentinel and Enterprise
WESTFORD – Several days after the Board of Health adopted an indoor mask mandate effective Oct. 1 for all residents aged 2 and over, regardless of their immunization status, a few dozen residents protested the measure at Town Common during an event described as “exceptional”.
The September 22 health council action went into effect on October 1 and came just days before the state extended the school mask’s term to at least November 1.
“I think it should be a choice for parents. If they want to send their children with a mask, that’s fine. Some kids have underlying conditions and it’s a scary virus. I’m not saying it doesn’t exist. But a lot of people have been given the vaccine that’s supposed to work. So let him do his job, ”said Kerrie Tonks, a resident.
“We are a bunch of parents who don’t want our children to wear masks. The recovery rate for children is very high. It is difficult to absorb the amount of oxygen you need to breathe. Especially when you are exercising. Kathy Lynch, member of the Republican State Committee, said.
The town has a vaccination rate of 74%, according to a statement from the BOH and 77% with at least one dose.
The 14-day positivity rate is 2.24% between the dates of Sept. 12 through Sept. 25 and 45 new cases, according to the State Department of Public Health.
Effective today, resident face coverings must cover the nose and face in all indoor public spaces, places of worship, or private spaces open to the public, except where a person is unable to wear a cover. face due to a health problem or disability, according to a notice on the city’s website. The provision will also cover schools.
Entrance doors to businesses open to the public must display a notice indicating that face coverings must be worn indoors. Staff must supervise and enforce this requirement. If a customer refuses to wear a face covering for non-medical reasons, a business can deny entry to the individual. For more information, click here.
The BOH can apply this regulation and, if necessary, do so with the help of the police service or other persons designated by the director general. Violations of this regulation can be punished with a civil fine of up to $ 300.
The Terms of Reference will be reviewed by the Board of Health at each subsequent regular meeting.
“Many of us think it is abusive towards children. And we want it to stop. No one should force anything on anyone’s body or their body. It is a choice and it should always be a choice. We live in America and this is how it should be, ”said Lynch
The protest included both adults and children. In front of the Parish Arts Center, demonstrators carried signs reading “Nurses Against Medical Tyranny”, “Natural Immunity = Forever” and “Breathless”.
Authorities have announced that colleges and high schools with 80% of students and staff vaccinated will have the opportunity to lift the warrant after October 15, allowing those vaccinated to be unmasked. This excludes children under 12 since they are not yet eligible for the vaccine.