Some Provincetown meetings are in-person only, some are remote only, and some are a hybrid where you can choose to participate in person or through a remote link. Go to provincetown-ma.gov, click on the meeting you want to watch, and follow the instructions on the agenda.
Thursday, August 12
- Board of Health, Town Hall, 4 p.m.
- Planning Board, Town Hall, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 17
- Conservation Commission, Town Hall, 6 p.m.
As part of the town’s and business community’s efforts to promote safety during Carnival Week, which kicks off on Aug. 15, the board of health is offering three certifications to local businesses, depending on their Covid vaccination policies. A business can be certified if the venue requires all staff to be vaccinated, if the venue requires proof of vaccination to enter, or if all staff are vaccinated and the venue requires proof of vaccination, according to the town’s website.
As of the Independent’s deadline on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 48 businesses had the status of “fully vaccinated,” 14 had the status of “fully vaccinated & requires proof of vaccine,” and two were listed as “waiting for form.”
Keep Your Mask On
Provincetown’s indoor mask mandate will remain in place at least until Saturday, Aug. 21, according to the Covid information page on the town’s website. The mandate covers all indoor public spaces, including performance venues, restaurants, bars, retail shops, fitness centers, and offices. Unvaccinated people, including children under 12, are required to wear masks in outdoor settings where crowding prevents social distancing. Free Covid tests and vaccinations are available daily, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 2 Mayflower St.
As of the Independent’s Tuesday, Aug. 10 deadline, active cases among Provincetown residents numbered 14. That was a decline from 23 on Aug. 9, the website stated. The test positivity rate (that is, the percentage of positive tests out of all tests) had fallen from a peak of 15.1 percent on Thursday, July 15 to 4.3 percent on Monday, Aug. 9. While a test positivity rate of less than 5 percent is considered “progress towards cluster containment,” a rate of less than one percent is an indication of containment, according to the Barnstable County Dept. of Health and Environment. —Sophie Hills