PITTSFIELD, Mass.— Berkshire Community College (BCC) students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated by January of 2022.
The Presidents of the Massachusetts community colleges announced Monday that students, faculty, and staff at the Commonwealth's 15 community colleges must be fully vaccinated by January 2022.
BCC is one of the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges.
"During the last eighteen months, the Massachusetts Community Colleges have prioritized the health and safety of our communities while also recognizing that many of our students have been disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic" the Presidents said in a statement shared with their campuses. "While a significant number of students, faculty, and staff are already vaccinated or are in the process of becoming vaccinated, the fifteen colleges are seeking to increase the health and safety of the learning and working environment in light of the ongoing public health concerns and current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Massachusetts Community Colleges are committed to ensuring vaccination status is not a barrier to students and will continue offering a range of virtual learning opportunities and services."
The announcement comes amid a rise in the number of new cases of COVID-19 across the Commonwealth, the increased access and availability of vaccines, the Food & Drug Administration's full and pending approval of available vaccines, and CDC guidance that the COVID-19 vaccine has been proven to be safe and effective at preventing infection, severe disease, hospitalization, and death.
Students who seek to register for courses that do not include any in-person component, and who do not plan to come on campus for any reason for the Spring 2022 semester, will not be required to provide documentation of vaccination.
All employees will be required to be vaccinated.
The 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges are Bunker Hill, Bristol, Cape Cod, Berkshire, Greenfield, Holyoke, Massasoit, MassBay, Middlesex, Mount Wachusett, North Shore, Northern Essex, Quinsigamond, Roxbury, and Springfield Technical.
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Patrick's Pub For Sale After Almost 40 Years in Business
By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The owners of the popular Patrick's Pub, the Powell family, have decided to sell the business after 20 years of running and then owning it.
The decision was announced on the pub's Facebook page on Friday.
"We have been so very lucky to work alongside simply the best people and we have made so many dear friends in our community through the years," the post read. "It hasn’t always been easy, and of course, the decision to sell certainly was an emotional one, but we truly feel this is the right time for us."
Patrick's will remain open for regular business hours.
The eatery at 26 Bank Row is listed for sale at$289,000. The listing is for the business, not the building that it is in.
The selling points that are highlighted include a fully equipped kitchen and ample storage, a prime downtown location surrounded by offices and cultural venues, and the pub's history as "serving happy patrons for almost 40 years."
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