In a City of North Adams Coronavirus update Friday, Mayor Tom Bernard sent word that the "North Adams Board of Health has notified businesses that provide personal care services to discontinue operations until further notice. This order applies to hairdressers and barbers, nail salons, massage services, bodywork services, and body art (tattoo and piercing) businesses which cannot be conducted while ensuring 6 feet of social distancing."

The statement said the the order does not apply to licensed health care providers such as, but not limited to, the practice of medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and mental health care providers.

Also, following recommendations from the Massachusetts Library Association and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the North Adams Public Library has discontinued curbside pickup of library materials as of today, Friday, March 20.

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The mayor also reported that North Adams Public Schools provided nearly 2,000 meals to children this week, over 1,100 of those just today. Next week they will expand from four distribution sites to five, with a new site at the UNO Center on River Street. He also said that "Superintendent Malkas, her leadership team, and our great teachers are working on new resources to expand the delivery of relevant, accessible online learning in our district."

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