FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Public Health Department, with support from the City’s Police Department, has begun to levy fines for those violating the Governor’s Order on gatherings to help curb the spread of COVID-19, announced the City tonight in a press release.
The current spike in COVID-19 cases can be attributed to gatherings across the City, said the City in the 5 p.m, press release.
Under the Governor’s Order, those who violate the restrictions on gatherings can be fined $500 per incident.
“Now is not the time for any social gathering other than your immediate household members. We need every resident to help us to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Sam Wong, the Director of Public Health for the City.
In Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker revised the large gatherings order last month.
For indoor gatherings, the maximum is 25 people in a single enclosed area.
For outdoor gatherings, there is a maximum of 50 people in a single space. For smaller spaces, a limit of 25 percent of the area’s legal maximum occupancy — or eight people per 1,000 square feet where no occupancy is recorded.
But the Governor’s order requires everyone over the age of 2 to wear a face covering at organized gatherings of more than 10 people involving more than one household. That includes private indoor or backyard house parties.