North Adams Shuts Down Personal Care Services, Parking Meters

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Health notified businesses that provide personal care services to discontinue operations until further notice. 
These businesses were apparently called or otherwise notified that they had to close by midnight on Thursday.
The order applies to hairdressers and barbers, nail salons, massage services, bodywork services, and body art such as tattoo and piercing that cannot be conducted while ensuring 6 feet of social distancing. The order does not apply to licensed health-care providers such as, but not limited to, the practice of medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and mental health care providers.
The city has also suspended parking fees and covered coin slots on the meters to prevent contact. Administrative Officer Michael Canales said this was part of the city's continuing effort to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. 
"The parking clerk and the Police Department have placed a yellow tape square over the coin slot area," he said. "This suspension of parking meters has been implemented by other communities including the town of Adams."
Parking enforcement continues throughout the city of Pittsfield, however, but with a focus on violations that interfere with public safety.

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March 28 COVID-19 Briefs: Public Parks Push Passive Use

Group Games Banned in Public Parks

Communities including North Adams have been removing hoop rims to discourage youth congregating at public parks.
Reminder that playgrounds and sports facilities are closed during the state of emergency. Walking paths, fields and benches are still open but group activities and sports such as basketball are prohibited. Playground equipment is not being sanitized and should be used. Remember to maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more.
North Adams Administrative Officer Michael Canales said the hoop rims were removed from parks including Noel Field and UNO because young people were gathering there.
"Right now parks only for passive recreation," he said. "We removed the rims because even if they're passing a basketball between them, they're making contact through the ball. ... We want them to socially distance."
North Adams has installed large signs at the parks reminding residents of the rules but Canales acknowledged it has been difficult to enforce at the skate park. 
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