North Adams' Pandemic State of Emergency Expires June 15
AN ORDER ANNOUNCING THE TERMINATION OF THE MARCH 13, 2020,
DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY IN THE CITY OF NORTH ADAMS
June 10, 2021
WHEREAS, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued a Declaration of Emergency on March 10, 2020, and determined that immediate public action was needed to prevent, minimize, or mitigate damage to public health, safety, or general welfare of the people of the Commonwealth and/or property which may otherwise have resulted from the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and the effects of its extreme risk of person-to-person transmission throughout the United States and the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts recommended that a State of Emergency be declared in local communities; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of North Adams, Massachusetts, declared that as of Friday, March 13, 2020, a State of Emergency existed in the City of North Adams, and that said State of Emergency would remain in effect "until notice is given, pursuant to our judgment, that the State of Emergency no longer exists;" and
WHEREAS, in response to sustained improvements in the public health data beginning in February 2021 and attributable most directly to the development and effective distribution to the public of safe, highly effective, and free COVID-19 vaccines, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has successively rescinded or adjusted many of the Orders that imposed special measures to address the risks of COVID-19, and the Commonwealth has steadily advanced to the final stages of its phased Re-Opening Plan; and
WHEREAS, as of May 27, 2021, over 3.5 million residents of the Commonwealth have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, and over 4.3 million have received at least a first dose, and over 78 percent of Massachusetts adults overall and over 89 percent of Massachusetts residents 75 years and older have received at least a first dose; and
WHEREAS, the remaining threats to the public health presented by the COVID-19 virus will shortly no longer require the exercise of the extraordinary powers that the Civil Defense Act grants to the Governor in a time of emergency to take executive action, outside the normal processes of government and across the established geographic and political divisions of authority, in order to coordinate State and Local relief efforts and to act without delay as necessary to protect the public health and welfare; and
WHEREAS, on May 28, 2021, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued an Executive Order (ORDER ANNOUNCING THE TERMINATION OF THE MARCH 10, 2020 STATE OF EMERGENCY AND RESCINDING COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDERS ISSUED PURSUANT TO THE MASSACHUSETTS CIVIL DEFENSE ACT) that declared, in part, "Effective at 12:01 am on June 15, 2021, the declaration that I issued on March 10, 2020, pursuant to the Civil Defense Act and Section 2A of Chapter 17 of the General Laws is rescinded and the state of emergency initiated by that declaration is terminated with respect to both statutes; and
WHEREAS, on May 28, 2021, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued an Executive Order (GOVERNOR'S DECLARATION PURSUANT TO GENERAL LAWS CHAPTER 17, SECTION 2A) that stated, in part, "pursuant to Section 2A of Chapter 17 of the General Laws, that as of the date indicated below, an emergency exists that is detrimental to the public health in the Commonwealth. The Commissioner, with the approval of the Public Health Council, may rely on this declaration to extend or adopt measures to facilitate COVID-19 testing and vaccination of all populations throughout the Commonwealth, to mandate special measures to protect higher risk populations or to effectuate continued surveillance of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, and to respond as necessary to outbreaks of the virus as they may arise; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of North Adams intends to align the ongoing local response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the letter and spirit of the March 28, 2021, Order and Declaration issued by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to "to respond as necessary to outbreaks of the virus as they may arise;"
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Thomas W. Bernard, Mayor of the City of North Adams, Massachusetts, declare that effective at 12:01 am on June 15, 2021, the Declaration of Emergency that I issued on March 13, 2020, is terminated.
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