Hi Everyone. This is Mayor Mike Cahill with a COVID-19 update. As you likely already know, Beverly and over 120 other communities across Massachusetts are in the red for daily transmissions of COVID-19. This means the virus is spreading too much within our city. We continue to actively contact trace, wear masks, and keep our distance from each other in an effort to slow the spread.
Since this spike in cases is a widespread problem, Governor Baker has ordered several new measures beginning today to try to slow the spread statewide. All of these measures can be found on our city website at www. Beverlyma.gov
on our COVID-19 page. Starting today, a stay at home advisory is in effect statewide between 10 PM – 5 AM every night. There is a very short list of approved reasons to be out during these hours and this list can be found on our website. Otherwise we all need to be home between 10 PM – 5 AM for the duration of this measure.
The Governor also updated both the state’s gathering and mask orders, and these updated orders are now in effect. With a short list of exemptions, also posted on our website, everyone now must wear a mask or face covering over our mouth and nose when in a public location, whether indoors or outdoors. Public locations include any place open to the public like restaurants and supermarkets and more, - again, whether indoors or outdoors. This includes when you are out walking, jogging, hiking, or biking, whether or not you are within six feet of others. This includes all our roads and sidewalks, parks, beaches, and open spaces.
Further, the order requires anyone carpooling with people outside your household to wear masks inside these vehicles.
If this sounds like a lot to you, please think about this. Throughout the summer, we averaged about 7 new COVID-19 positive residents per week in Beverly. This number has gone up consistently over the last several weeks, and we actually averaged over 7 new cases per day this past week. And while the trends are that more people under 50 and especially under 30 are driving this increase in spread and fortunately to date not getting as sick, we still need to guard against widespread transmission leading to those among us who prove more vulnerable to this virus catching it and getting seriously ill.
So, please, we all need to think of our neighbors and loved ones who have gotten sick or died from COVID-19 already. We all need to think of those people we right now can act to prevent from getting sick or dying, and we all need to think of those on the front lines, those fighting the virus and those providing critical services - our police and firefighters, our nurses and doctors, our teachers, our food service and cleaning and other essential service employees – and all of their family members. This is the time to think of others and of our whole community.
Please take the time to read the new state orders and understand how to comply with them. Once again, these can be found on our city website – www.beverlyma.gov
– on the COVID-19 page. Together, this is how we keep our neighbors and ourselves safe and how we make sure we are all still here to put COVID-19 in the past as soon as it’s safe to do so. Thank you, All. Be well, and I hope you have a nice weekend.