LYNN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Mayor of Lynn has announced two Executive Orders that are in effect starting Easter Sunday. One order requires people to stay home during certain hours, and another restricts certain behaviors at all times.
The city's first Executive Order requires all residents and visitors to stay at home between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., mirroring the curfew in Boston. There is an exception for anyone actively providing or receiving COVID-19 essential services.
The first order says anyone in public must practice social distancing and wear at least a cloth mask or face covering. It also says sick individuals are prohibited from leaving their homes unless to receive medical care, and it prohibits all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason.
The first order does allow for outdoor activity, but contact and close-contact activities are not allowed.
The second order is focused on essential business operations. It requires all essential services to limit the number of customers and staff inside the establishment to 40 percent of their existing occupancy permit. Employees are required to wear face coverings when interacting with the public or a coworker.
The second order also states that "businesses must enact a plan for the regular cleaning and sanitizing of high touch surfaces, and must have visible floor markings or signage that establish proper social distance between customers waiting to enter the business or waiting to check out."
Lastly, the second order prohibits landlords or property owners from "enforcing an eviction upon a resident of Lynn, including residential tenants and commercial tenants during this public health crisis."
Landlords are also prohibited from accessing a tenant’s dwelling space for general inspections, displaying units to potential future tenants, and other non-critical activities.
"Failure to comply with the provisions of the Executive Orders shall be a basis for the suspension/revocation of any and all City of Lynn licenses and permits and fines of up to $1,000," according to a statement from the City.