TOWN OF BERLIN
BOARD OF HEALTH
COVID-19 MASK MANDATE
Effective upon its vote of January 4, 2022, the Berlin Board of Health issues the following mask mandate for all Town owned buildings.
All persons over the age of two shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering at all times when indoors of Town owned buildings.
Notwithstanding any provision in this Order, face coverings should not be placed on young children under 2-years-old, anyone who has trouble breathing, anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance, or anyone who due to disability is unable to wear a face covering.
The Board of Health and authorized agents pursuant to MGL Chapter 111, 30 are authorized to enforce this regulation and if necessary, may do so with the assistance of the Berlin Police Department, in the sole discretion of the Chief of Police.
Whoever violates any provision of this Order may be penalized by a noncriminal disposition process as provided in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, section 21D and the Town's non-criminal disposition by-law. If non-criminal disposition is elected, then any person who violates any provision of this Regulation shall be subject to: for a first offense, a written warning; for a second offense, a penalty in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100), for a third offense, a penalty of two hundred dollars ($200); and for a fourth or subsequent offense, a penalty in the amount of three hundred dollars ($300.00). Each day or portion thereof shall constitute a separate offense. If more than one, each condition violated shall constitute a separate offense.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, agents and officers are encouraged to educate offenders and to exercise their judgment on a case-by-case basis, and they may issue verbal or written warnings prior to determining that an offense has occurred.
This Regulation shall remain in effect until rescinded by the Board of Health.
Signature of Board of Health Chair
January 4, 2022
1/1/2022: Town Offices are open for business. To ensure the particular office you seek is open and available, please call or email first. See the Town Office online Directory www.townofberlin.com/contacts-directory.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts COVID-19 information: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information#daily-updates-
New in 2021:
Weekly Berlin-specific COVID information from the Town Administrator
The Town of Berlin remains here to serve you, with some adjustments:
- Departments remain operational. See individual department websites for hours of operation. Contact information for most departments online at https://www.townofberlin.com/home/pages/town-berlin-phone-directory.
- Other than in-person visits, business may also be conducted via telephone, email, voicemail, US Mail/courier or lobby lock-box (image below and as located in the glass front lobby to the building, open at all times; Town Offices, 23 Linden Street, Berlin, MA 01503.
** COVID-19 INFORMATION CLEARNING HOUSE **
- See also:
- SUPPORT DURING COVID-19 dated November 2020
- GUIDANCE FOR RESIDENTS AND BASIC NEEDS INFORMATION
Think globally, act locally ---> COVID-19 is an international health emergency.
Work to contain the spread of COVID-19 is underway at multiple layers of government around the world, but remember that every individual plays a role. Stay home, save lives!
Below is a list of pertinent governmental, non-profit, education and other websites:
- The Official Website of the Town of Berlin www.townofberlin.com
- Enroll for Code Red alerts from the Town of Berlin. www.townofberlin.com/public-safety/pages/sign-codered-notifications
- The Official Town of Berlin, MA Facebook Page www.facebook.com/BerlinMASS
Other local resources of information and/or assistance include:
- Nashoba Associated Boards of Health www.nashoba.org
- Berlin-Boylston Regional School District www.bbrsd.org
- Assabet Regional Technical High School www.assabet.org
- Berlin Family Food Pantry www.berlinfamilyfoodpantry.org
- Wheat/United Way www.uwotc.org/WHEAT
- Mass2-1-1 is the 24/7 statewide information and referral line available in 140+ languages that connects callers with critical social service programs and organizations in their local community. It can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone in the state. Mass2-1-1 is a free information and referral service provided through funding from three contracts with the of state of Massachusetts to be their official 24-hour call line, as well as funding from 19 local United Ways across the state.
- The Official Website for the Commonwealth Of Massachusetts www.mass.gov
- Receive daily text updates from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts -- Text the phrase “COVIDMA” to number 888-777
- Are you a health professional interested in volunteering services? Please visit the following site to sign-up: https://www.mass.gov/health-services-covid-19-volunteer-form
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov
- White House COVID-19 Task Force www.coronavirus.gov
- Federal Emergency Management Agency www.fema.gov
- World Health Organization www.who.int