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For immediate release: November 27, 2020
CHICOPEE – Effective Monday, November 30, 2020, the City of Chicopee will revert to Step 1 of Phase 3 due to its classification remaining at a High Risk/Red community for 3 consecutive weeks. Due to the ongoing increase throughout the Chicopee and the Commonwealth, the Board of Health has ordered the city to revert to Step 1 of Phase 3.
“As a community, we need to be more diligent to stop the spread; therefore, we have to roll back to Step 1 of Phase 3 immediately. We will continue to monitor but please follow the guidelines so we can support the local businesses but also remain healthy,” states Lisa Sanders, Board of Health Director.
The following types of businesses are prohibited from operating during Step 1 of Phase 3:
• Indoor performance venues
• Roller skating rinks
• Trampoline parks
• Obstacle courses
• Laser tag
• Escape rooms
The following types of businesses must reduce capacity to 40% when operating during Step 1 of Phase 3:
• Driving/flight schools
• Lower-contact indoor and outdoor recreation businesses
During Step 1, outdoor gatherings at event venues and in public settings are limited to 50 people.
During Step 1, outdoor theater and performance venues may operate at 25% capacity but no more than 50 people.
For more details on the sector-specific requirements for Step 1 of Phase 3 versus Step 2 of Phase 3, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/lists/business-sector-reopening-guidance-for-phase-3-steps-1-2
“I am pleading with the residents of Chicopee. Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution. Follow the orders and advisories will help reduce the number of positive cases and save lives” expressed Mayor John L. Vieau. “Collectively our success depends on all of us. We need to finish strong!”
“The City of Chicopee has gone from yellow to red in just a few weeks. Our residents need to take COVID-19 seriously, we are all at increased risk of contracting this virus if people continue to ignore the importance of following the recommended preventive measures,” said Lisa Sanders, Chicopee Board of Health Director. “Mask Up Chicopee!”