Revere Board of Health Issues Guidance on Reopening Revere
May 19, 2021
Revere Will Follow State’s Guidelines With Emphasis on Getting Vaccination Numbers Up To State Average
REVERE – Today, the Revere Board of Health today met to discuss reopening plans for Revere after following the announcement from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to lift the remaining COVID-19 restrictions on May 29. The Revere Board of Health will follow the State’s decision to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions effective May 29, while continuing to enforce mask-wearing in schools and health care facilities as outlined by Massachusetts DPH. The Board of Health remains committed to working to keep Revere residents safe and healthy by urging Revere residents to continue to get vaccinated.
As of today, 41% of Revere residents are fully vaccinated, and 55% of Revere residents have received their first dose. Across the Commonwealth, 46% of residents are fully vaccinated and 60% have received their first dose is 60%.
The Revere Board of Health also made the decision to continue enforcing mask-wearing at City Hall and all City buildings to protect those who have not been vaccinated. COVID screeners will still be monitoring City building entrances and asking health screening questions when residents enter. Revere Public Schools announced yesterday that students can take masks off outdoors, at lunch, and start to share supplies. Masks will continue to be required inside for all students and RPS staff.
“Although this is an exciting moment for our city, we all have to understand that Revere has some work to do,” said Mayor Brian Arrigo. “We have a duty to protect our most vulnerable residents, we must remain vigilant as we work to increase our vaccination numbers. The COVID screeners have had instances in the past where COVID-19 positive residents try to enter City Hall. We will continue to enforce the mask mandate in our buildings until our vaccination numbers rise - The fight isn’t over yet, but I am excited to finally reach this milestone in the pandemic.”
Testing continues to be a priority in the city – the two largest testing sites at Suffolk Downs and Revere High School will be open until the end of September and we encourage everyone to continue to get tested if they believe they have been exposed. COVID ambassadors also continue to spread the word about our Mobile May clinics and help combat vaccine hesitancy in their communities. The City of Revere Inspectional Services Department will be contacting all Revere small businesses to let them know of the updated reopening guidance. Inspectors will also stress the individual freedom business owners have of enforcing their own mask mandates on their property. The Board of Health will support businesses that continue to enforce mask-wearing in their establishments.