What public health guidance is the Town following?

We have consulted with public health officials and are following the most up-to-date science. Our Emergency Management Director and Health Director have been very involved in planning. We have been using health and safety plans developed for hazardous materials, guidance from the Berkshire County Boards of Health Association, and following the Planning Guidelines for Town Meetings During a Pandemic from the Massachusetts Moderators Association. Our local Health Director and board of health members have praised the Public Health and Safety Plan we have created as extremely thorough. While we waited for the State to release guidance, we relied on the Berkshire County Boards of Health Association guidance for town meetings. On June 11 the State released guidance on town meetings. Our plan far exceeds the measures they recommend.

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1. Can we have a town meeting?
2. How did the date get chosen for June 23?
3. Have the numbers declined?
4. Why is this outside?
5. What measures will be taken to create a safe environment for people?
6. Should anyone stay home?
7. If I work in healthcare, may I participate?
8. How do we get in?
9. What are the procedures for check-in?
10. May I sit wherever I want?
11. Can I bring my own chair or blanket?
12. Will the area be accessible?
13. What restroom facilities are available?
14. May I leave whenever I want?
15. May I bring children?
16. May I bring my dog/pet?
17. Can you take everyone’s temperature?
18. What public health guidance is the Town following?
19. What have you done to make sure everyone can hear?
20. Will visual aids be used?
21. Will there be an opportunity to learn more about the warrant articles?
22. Can we deliberate as we normally do?
23. What will the microphone set-up be like?
24. Will the meeting be long?
25. Why not have the meeting in July?
26. Can this be online?
27. Can’t we vote on articles by a ballot?
28. Are other towns having town meetings?
29. What other sites were considered?
30. Why couldn’t we have a drive-in Town Meeting?
31. Will there be a visitors’ section?
32. What will we do if it rains?
33. Can we distribute literature or hold signs?