Provincetown Declares Indoor Mask Mandate As Town Tries To Stop Outbreak

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Provincetown officials have declared an indoor mask mandate for the town after a rising COVID cluster added more cases.

The changes were made at an emergency meeting of the Provincetown Select Board on Sunday night, where members voted to put the indoor mandate in place, effective immediately. That mandate is "regardless of vaccination status," according to Provincetown Health Agent Lezli Rowell.

The mandate extends to all public indoor spaces and businesses. Unvaccinated residents and visitors were already required to wear masks indoors and outdoors where social distancing was impossible.

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Board members also voted to give Town Manager Alex Morse the authority to put more restrictions in place, like capacity limits, or lift them if the situation got better.

There are 551 cases now traced to the Provincetown cluster, and the outbreak stretches across the Commonwealth and state lines. 53 of samples from the cases were sent into a lab to be sequenced, and all came back confirmed Delta variant cases, according to WBZ-TV.

Over the weekend, the town announced that 69% of the people in the cluster in Massachusetts had been fully vaccinated when they caught the virus. 3 out of 430 people in the cluster had been hospitalized, as of Friday.

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Written by Chaiel Schaffel

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