Provincetown Issues Mask Advisory After Surge In COVID Cases

(image via Provincetown Bears)

After seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases among vaccinated and unvaccinated people, officials in the gay summer vacation mecca Provincetown have issued a new mask-wearing advisory.

From the Boston Globe:

The town is advising people to wear masks indoors, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, “where social distancing cannot be achieved.” The advisory also urges businesses to require customers show proof of vaccination when social distancing is not possible.

As of July 16, the town has reported 132 confirmed positive cases to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the advisory said. Of those cases, 89 are Massachusetts residents, 39 of whom live in Barnstable County.

The advisory was approved Monday morning during an emergency meeting with the town’s select board and board of health that was convened to discuss the rise in cases.

Many of the 132 cases were linked to events surrounding the 4th of July. Now that Bear Week just concluded, we might see another spike in the next 7-12 days.

Town Manager Alex Morse told the Globe that the town has among the highest vaccination rates in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts has one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the country. As of Monday, 83.4 percent of adults in the state have received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.