Last night I spoke to the Town Council regarding the local mask mandate and the negative impact it has had on our local businesses. My key points were as follows:
- The Health Board failed to properly notify residents of their mask mandate vote. This possibly violated the state’s open meeting laws.
- The Health Board failed to report the order to the Department of Environmental Protection as they were required to do according to M.G.L. c. 111, section 31.
- The mask mandate is hurting small businesses.
- The Town Council has the authority to end the mandate under Article 2, Section 5 of the Home Rule Charter.
Please listen to my comments and feel free to share your thoughts on this important topic.