Town of North Andover Updates on COVID-19 response
April 29, 2021 UPDATE
Total case count: 2970
Recovered and out of isolation: 2827
COVID-19 Related Deaths: 87
Active Merrimack cases (included in case count): 17
Mask Requirement Change and Phase 4 Update
Earlier this week Governor Baker announced that effective tomorrow, April 30, 2021 Massachusetts will be revising the Mask Order that has been in place since last fall. Masks will no longer be required while outside if you are able to maintain social distancing. It is still recommended to wear a mask if you are outside and unable to maintain social distancing.
The Governor also announced that we will be moving forward to Step 2 of Phase 4 of our reopening plan on May 10. Similar to the implementation of the previous phases, Phase 4 will consist of multiple steps and allow different areas of business to open in each step.
On May 10 amusement parks, theme parks and water parks will be allowed to open up at 50% capacity and road races and other athletic events will be able to be held. Large capacity indoor and outdoor stadiums can increase capacity to 25% and indoor singing such as karaoke is allowed with following proper distance guidelines
The next step in Phase 4 begins on May 29 and allows indoor gatherings up to 200 people and outdoor gatherings up to 250 people. Bars, beer gardens, wineries, and distilleries may open with seated service only and must adhere to the restaurant guidance. Restaurants can seat 10 people per table and must keep the time limit to 90 minutes. Street festivals, parades and agricultural festivals will be allowed at 50% of their previous capacity.
By adhering to all sector specific guidelines and continuing all the practices that got us to this point, we will be able to keep moving forward and on August 1, all the restrictions may be lifted.
Vaccine appointments are becoming more and more available. The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence General Hospital and local pharmacies have appointments available and are offering Moderna vaccine for anyone 18 and over and Pfizer vaccine for anyone 16 and older. Please look at the following links and sign up for a vaccination as soon as you can and at a location that is convenient for you.
The Greater Lawrence Family Health Center has 4 locations in the area (2 in Lawrence, 1 in Methuen and 1 in Haverhill) and appointments are currently available at multiple locations.
Lawrence General Hospital also has appointments available. To register please click the following link.
You may also call Lawrence General Hospital at (833) 469-0764 to make an appointment over the phone.
Lawrence General also has a vaccine Walk-In location. The South Lawrence East Elementary School (165 Crawford Street) is open to all Massachusetts residents from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday for anyone 16 years old.
Local pharmacies are also an option and have appointments available. More appointments are added on a continual basis. Please check these links for current availability and get vaccinated.