North Adams Health Board To Caution Restaurants Over COVID Cases
The North Adams Board of Health on Tuesday rejected the idea of putting further restrictions on local eateries despite a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases linked to restaurants.
According to a story reported on by iBerkshires.com, at least six cases — two employees and four patrons — were recently traced to a single private club.
Health Director Heather DeMarsico told the Board of Health on Tuesday, "We are seeing, at least in North Adams we are seeing, several of our cases come from restaurants, and we are not seeing anything from museums, gyms, retail....We were just not sure if we should be thinking about imposing more strict regulations for them or if it's just bad luck on their part or if that's because where everybody is congregating."
Most of the restaurants that are busy are going above and beyond. They're spraying, they're disinfecting, they're doing the 25 percent capacity. I don't know if it's just bad luck.
Member Kevin Lamb said they didn't want to harm the city's small businesses. He suggested a communication that the board was monitoring the situation. Meaney thought it should be a notice to the restaurants informing them of the uptick in cases and emphasizing the guidelines.