VIDEO: Mayor Spicer Says Avoid Large Gatherings This Labor Day Weekend

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FRAMINGHAM – With Framingham in the top 12 for the number of coronavirus cases in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and with the City of Framingham with the 6th highest rate of infection for the virus over the last 14 days, the City’s Mayor produced a video asking residents to avoid large gatherings and parties this Labor Day Weekend.

Health Director Sam Wong has said large gatherings and parties are contributing to the City’s increase in COVID-19 cases

The Baker-Polito administration announced resources to help the top 5 communities with the highest infection rates on Thursday, Framingham at #6 was not included.

But this morning, the state and Mayor Yvonne Spicer had a meeting at 10 a.m. to discuss the state providing additional resources to help the Spicer administration stop the spread of the virus in the City of Framingham.

No information has been released on the meeting as of 1 p.m., but Senate President Karen Spilka released a statement.

“Addressing COVID-19 remains my top priority. Throughout the pandemic, I have remained in close contact with the governor and executive office of health and human services. More recently, I impressed upon them the importance of providing additional assistance for the city of Framingham to assist in COVID-19 efforts. I am glad to see a meeting between the city and the administration has been expedited to address these pressing issues. As the state Senator for Framingham and as Senate President, I stand ready, willing and able to marshal all potential state resources to assist  the city in fighting COVID-19, said Senate President Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland).

Spilka’s office also released that the free testing for COVID19 in Framingham, at two walk-up sites and a drive-thru site at Staples HQ would be extended from Sept. 11 to Sept 30.

Mayor Spicer, in her video posted after the state’s meeting, said “Hello Framingham. It’s almost time to kick back, relax and begin to celebrate Labor Day. People usually celebrate Labor Day weekend with barbeques, parties and family get togethers. However, this year needs to be a little different. Framingham is now considered to be in the Red Zone because we have had an uptick in Covid-19 cases. Please do your part this Labor Day Weekend! Avoid large gatherings and parties, wash your hands for twenty seconds in warm soapy water, practice social distancing, and disinfect surfaces. And one of the most important things you can do is to Mask Up Framingham! You have the power to save a life. Wearing a cloth face covering protects your friends, family and you!Stay safe and healthy Framingham.”

You can watch the video below.

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