Gov. Baker issued an order today further limiting the operation of certain businesses and the size of public gatherings. According to the order "gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited throughout the Commonwealth. Gatherings subject to this Order include, without limitation, community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based, or sporting events, concerts, conferences, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, festivals, weddings, funerals, and any similar event or activity that brings together more than 10 persons in any confined indoor or outdoor space."

In an effort to comply with the order and to try and limit the possible spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the community the City of North Adams today issued new regulations.

The update from Mayor Tom Bernard today says that "all North Adams public parks, the skateboard park, sports complexes, athletic fields, and playgrounds may only be used for 'passive recreation' (such as walking or jogging) activities that allow for social distancing of at least six feet from other people. City basketball courts and playground equipment are closed until further notice."

It also updated the status of essential city services as follows.

Remaining open:

North Adams Police Department
North Adams Fire Department
North Adams Department of Public Services (including the Transfer Station)
North Adams Department of Inspection Services
North Adams Public Schools daily meal distribution sites

The following departments and offices will operate with essential staff only, or staffed by employees working remotely:
City Clerk
Mayor and Administrative offices
Treasurer

The following departments and offices will operate with employees working remotely:
Assessor
Auditor
Community Development
Community Events and Tourism
Veterans services

The following city buildings which have been closed to the public, but staffed, will be fully closed as of noon on Tuesday, April 24:
North Adams Public Library
Mary Spitzer Senior Center