Council on Aging Daily Update - Williamstown, MA
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Council on Aging Daily Update

Updates, Tuesday September 15th, 2020

September 15th is “Make a Hat Day”…eh?

I don’t know if you have all noticed the report or not but beginning in early October, I think on Monday the 5th, the Berkshire Eagle will be making some changes in the way they publish the newspaper. Looks like the Sunday paper will be combined with Saturday as a weekend edition and they won’t be doing a print edition on Monday anymore. I have heard that there will be paper editions Tuesday through Friday as usual. Regardless, it appears to be a move away from paper and more toward electronic media. Is anyone really surprised?

Well, the list of states it’s safe to visit or receive visitors from has changed once more. The current list of safe states to travel to and receive visitors from now includes; 

Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming. Now this is a fairly crazy list isn’t it? It’s changing so fast it’s scary. Anyway, in the way of a reminder, and we’re seeing lots of different licence plates here lately, here’s the “must do” list, which in itself hasn’t changed;

All visitors entering Massachusetts from outside the low risk states, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.

Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day. Just saying…

And thanks for wearing your mask everyone!

 I was able to connect with the person who will be responsible for arranging the annual Flu Shot Clinic for 2020 and at this moment there is a large outdoor event scheduled for Saturday October 3rd on the grounds of Mt Greylock Regional High School, time and other details TBD.There will be an advanced registration process and they’re hoping to see as many people as possible on that day rather than doing a series of smaller clinics all over the place.That’s all I have at the moment so stay tuned.

Has everyone seen the shed parked on the Village Green on Main Street? Can’t miss it really…The shed is being offered for raffle by Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, it’s a raffle and tickets are available for purchase. One ticket is only $10, but you can buy five for $25 or ten for $40. Funds generated from the raffle will help Habitat in their mission to build affordable housing here in North Berkshire.  

Here’s a link to purchase tickets electronically;  here

Tickets may also be purchased at their office at 61 Main Street, Suite 246, North Adams from 9 am until noon (Mon-Fri). Need more information?Look here; or call 774-212-7863

Here’s a policy note from our friends at Williams. Those of you with swim passes, gym passes or walking people might note this…

Campus Visitors & Use of College Resources

We continue to maintain a no visitor policy at this time out of an abundance of caution.  This  policy includes family (e.g. partners, spouses, children, etc.) of faculty and staff, as well as community members.  Only faculty, staff, and students enrolled in on-campus instruction should be inside of campus buildings.

We also encourage everyone to respect the campus quarantine students are under regarding the use of outdoor facilities.  Given that students are restricted to a campus quarantine, except for hiking, running, or biking, for the month of September, we are prioritizing Athletic spaces for student use. The Athletics Department has published information on their website about outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as information on the use of facilities. Athletics staff will begin their structured activities starting on Monday, September 14th. You may see physical education classes and varsity cohort practices outdoors, signage will mark these designated areas for these activities. These facilities will be closed to other users during these classes and practices. Please check the schedule before heading to an outside venue, and be respectful if asked to leave.

That’s it for today.