PLYMOUTH – Plymouth has joined local towns in moving to red status due to an uptick in covid-19 cases.
Thursday night, Mayor David Merchant participated in a conference call with the Regional Health Director and other local town and city leaders. During this conference, he was informed of Gov. Ned Lamont’s decision to roll back the state’s re-opening to phase 2.1. As of Nov. 5, there are 26 covid-19 cases in Plymouth.
“I have seen the numbers on the rise for the last month or so, which is obviously very concerning,” said Merchant. “I think that as more people are tested more people will be found who have the disease in some shape or form and we’re taking it seriously.”
Under Phase 2.1, restaurants have gone back from 75% to 50% capacity and a maximum of eight people per table. In addition, outdoor events have been reduced from 50% to 25% capacity. Mayor David Merchant has also taken some additional precautions in town.
“The fire department has cancelled all of their in person meetings, drills and exercises and we’ve also closed the recreation office,” said Merchant. “We’re also canceling all town-funded recreation activities.”
Parks, Merchant said, will remain open.
“We’re hopeful that people will continue social distancing,” he said. “We’re asking everyone to be diligent. We know that this is hard, especially with the holidays coming up, but we have to stay the course.”
Merchant said that he is concerned about the impact that the pandemic is having upon local businesses, stating that they “won’t be able to keep doing this for much longer.” He said he hasn’t received any indication from state or health officials about what any next steps might be.
“They message I took away from the conference was that we’re doing this day by day,” he said. “They are basing this red status on the number of cases as a percentage of our population.”
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