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Town of Braintree News
Posted on: March 20, 2020
[ARCHIVED] Mayor Kokoros Signs Emergency Order To Close Personal Care Service and Gym/Fitness Facilities
In an effort to expand and continue the practice of social distancing in Braintree, Mayor Charles C. Kokoros and the Braintree Board of Health announce that an emergency order has been issued for all personal care businesses in town to close by the end of the day Friday, March 20.
Personal care businesses, include but are not limited to:
- Hair salons
- Nail salons
- Tanning Salons
- Day spas
- Massage and body work establishments
- Tattoo, piercing and body art establishments
- Aesthetics establishments
- Gyms and fitness centers
The order will go into effect at 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 20.
With guidance from the town’s Board of Health and Health Division, local and state health officials and information provided by health agencies worldwide, the Town has been working to determine which activities, businesses and service sectors pose the greatest risk of spreading the novel coronavirus during this health crisis. Community members and business owners should anticipate further measures in the near future in addition to those announced today.
"This order will impact many businesses in our community and we did not come to this decision lightly. Everyone has a part to play in stopping the spread of this deadly disease," Mayor Kokoros said. "Given the latest guidance and information, that COVID-19 is highly contagious and easily spread among people, we feel it is in the best interests of everyone’s health and safety to have these businesses close temporarily while social distancing efforts are ongoing."
The order does not include childcare services, which have been addressed via a statewide order, or services provided by a licensed healthcare provider such as, but not limited to, physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy.
The emergency order will remain in effect until further notice, pursuant to the Board of Health’s judgment that the public health emergency no longer poses a significant risk.
Emergency Order - Closure Of Personal Care Service Facilities And Gym/Fitness Facilities (PDF)