All meetings in Wellfleet are remote only and can be watched online. Go to wellfleet-ma.gov and click on the meeting you want to watch. Follow the instructions on the agenda.
Thursday, August 19
- Local Housing Partnership, 4 p.m.
Friday, August 20
- 95 Lawrence Rd. Task Force bid review, 10 a.m.
Tuesday, August 24
- Wellfleet Select Board, 7 p.m.
Masks are making a comeback in Wellfleet. The board of health voted on Aug. 11 to reinstate the mask mandate.
The mandate comes in the wake of an uptick in Covid-19 cases — likely due to the rapidly ascendant Delta variant — on the Outer Cape. In the two-week period ending on Aug. 12, there were 11 new Covid-19 cases in town.
Wellfleet’s decision to reinstate masks follows Provincetown’s, which came on July 25, and Truro’s, which came on Aug. 3.
The rules went into effect on Friday, Aug. 13 and will remain in effect until further notice, “pursuant to the Wellfleet Board of Health’s judgment that the Public Health Emergency no longer exists.”
The mandate states that “face coverings are required for all workers and customers of indoor public spaces.” The rule applies in “all indoor restaurants, theater or performance venues, bars, lodgings, fitness centers, retail and personal service shops, offices or other public facilities.”
Masks may be removed in food service establishments and at bar and dance venues only when customers are seated at tables or at a bar.
The rule also includes a reminder that “unvaccinated individuals, including children under the age of 12, are required to wear masks both outdoors in crowded areas where social distancing cannot be achieved and in public indoor spaces, per CDC guidelines.” It also reminds people that masks remain mandatory on public and private transportation systems, in health-care facilities, and in “congregate care settings” such as nursing homes. —Paul Sullivan