(June 19, 2020) Although the Worcester County Commissioners all wore masks during their in-person meeting two weeks ago, most did not on Tuesday.
The commissioners had ceased in-person meetings after March 17 to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. They conducted meetings via Zoom until returning to in-person meetings on June 2.
Commissioner Joseph Mitrecic addressed this early on in the meeting, stating that since the commissioners were seated six feet apart, they did not need to wear masks, per guidance from the Worcester County Health Department and Weston Young, assistant chief administrative officer.
“The commissioners feel that due to the fact that there’s discussion going on up here that we feel more comfortable without. But due to the covid-19 pandemic, all occupants in the meeting room are required to wear a face covering,” Mitrecic said. “Disposable face coverings have been provided at the entrance to the meeting room and should be worn at all times.”
However, it did not seem as all the commissioners were seated six feet apart from each other.
Although meeting attendees are spaced out on the benches, those designated spots are not six feet apart. Every other bench is taped off entirely.
County Commissioners Joshua Nordstrom and Diana Purnell chose to wear masks during the meeting.
For public hearings, the commissioners designated a spot in the middle of the room for people to stand before their turns to give public comment. When finished with public comment, attendees were instructed to return to their seats by walking outside of the benches.