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Last night 22 News covered the petition to end East Longmeadow’s mask mandate.

Reporter Kristina D’Amours spoke to Elizabeth Stoughton, a member of the “Unmask East Longmeadow” campaign. Stoughton told 22 News that the town’s health board (which implemented the mandate in August, 2021) is now vacant and there’s no indication from town officials as to when a new board may be appointed.

One concern raised by those in favor of the petition is that the health board failed to give proper notice to the residents prior to discussing and voting on the mandate.

According to Massachusetts’ Open Meeting Law (G.L. 30A, § 20(b)), public bodies such as the health board must post notice of every meeting at least 48 hours in advance. The notice must include ”a listing of topics that the chair reasonably anticipates will be discussed at the meeting.”

The order was voted into effect during the health board’s August 26th meeting.

Below is a copy of the notice issued prior to that meeting:

The health board’s secretary responded to 22 News with the following comment:

There was public comment at the Board of Health meeting where the mask mandate was discussed and voted on. We did have town residents speak at the meeting. All Board of Health meetings are open to the public.

The town council should vote on the petition sometime in November.