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Posted on: April 1, 2021

Order Maintaining Limits on Performance Venues, Event Venues, and Gatherings

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

CITY OF NORTHAMPTON HEALTH DEPARTMENT

ORDER MAINTAINING LIMITS ON

PERFORMANCE VENUES, EVENT VENUES, AND GATHERINGS

By authority granted by the Northampton Board of Health pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws c. 111, § 30, and as Health Director for the City of Northampton, I hereby Order the following with regard to performance venues and outdoor gatherings.

Notwithstanding the provisions of Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Order No. 66, allowing transition to Step I of Phase IV, the following shall apply to performance venues, event venues, and gatherings in the City of Northampton:

  •  All event and performance venue operators shall ensure that all employees and staff attest to the Northampton Pre-Work Health Screening prior to beginning work.
  • Notify the Northampton Health Department within 12 hours of a positive case.
  • Upon notification to the Health Department, the establishment must initiate a 24 hour closure period, after which a deep cleaning in accordance with CDC guidelines shall occur. Exemptions may apply on a case by case basis as to be determined by the Board of Health.
  • Performance venues for which no permitted occupancy is on record may allow up to 10 persons per 1,000 sq. ft. of accessible space and never more than 500 persons.
  • Event and performance venue operators must notify the Northampton Health Department in advance of any event, gathering, or performance with expected occupancy exceeding 50 persons.
  • For outdoor performances involving singing or indoor and outdoor events involving brass or woodwind instruments, special distancing standards must be followed:
  •  At least 10 feet between performers
  •  At least 25 feet between performers and the first row of the audience
  • Operators of events with a dance floor must ensure physical distancing of guests of at least 6 feet unless within the same household.

Amended 3/25/21; Effective 4/1/21

Effective 12:01 pm on 10/8/2020

Merridith A. O’Leary, R.S.

Public Health Director

City of Northampton

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