BROCKTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) —The city of Brockton, which has one of the state's highest rates of COVID-19 cases, is now under curfew orders due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The executive order was signed by Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan earlier this week, and went into effect on Friday, April 17. The order mandates Brockton residents stay inside their homes from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day, with fines up to $1000 for any violators.
All "non-essential gatherings," including birthday parties and any other celebrations, or social events “of any size for any reason," are banned.
The order states “any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services or individuals who are undertaking essential tasks, such as picking up pharmaceutical drugs, grocery shopping or visiting a physician.”
The executive order also allows Brockton residents who are essential workers to travel to and from work. The new rules will remain in effect until the order is lifted by the Mayor and local Board of Health officials.
According to the state Department of Public Health, Brockton's rate of coronavirus cases is the second highest in the state, behind Chelsea. With 1,202 cases, Brockton has an infection rate of more than 1,223 cases per 100,000 residents.
Brockton joins Boston and Lynn in enforcing 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfews amid the coronavirus pandemic.