EMERGENCY ORDER REGARDING PERSONAL CARE SERVICES AND RETAIL STORES
Pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 111, Section 104, the Town of Barnstable Board of Health issues the following emergency order:
Due to the ongoing novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and in recognition of the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency and recent Centers for Disease Control and Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidance to follow social distancing protocols that encourage individuals to stay six feet apart, an emergency exists within the Town of Barnstable in which the interest of protecting public health requires immediate discontinuation of all non-essential personal care services offered to the public which necessitate physical contact or sustained proximity of distances less than six feet.
Effective 12:00 Noon Monday, March 23, 2020, all non-essential personal care services offered to the public within the Town of Barnstable which require physical contact or sustained proximity of distances less than six feet are hereby discontinued. This includes, but is not limited to:
· Hairdressers and barbers
· Nail Salons
· Massage services
· Bodywork services
· Body art (tattoo and body piercing) services
This order does not apply to the following essential services:
· Services provided by a licensed healthcare provider, including but not limited to the practice of medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, mental health services, and veterinary services.
· Services provided by “exempt emergency child care programs” for the children of emergency workers.
This emergency order shall remain in effect until further notice is given, pursuant to the Board of Health’s judgment, that the Public Health Emergency no longer exists.
Additionally, the Board of Health is encouraging all retail establishments that do not sell essential commodities such as food, medicine, or cleaning supplies to consider voluntarily closing until April 6, 2020. The Board of Health is recommending that all retail establishments that do stay open should only do so if owners/operators of establishments can assure customers will be able to maintain social distancing practices consistent with CDC guidelines.
PER ORDER OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH
John Norman, Chairman Thomas A. McKean, RS, CHO
BOARD OF HEALTH Director of Public Health