Thursday, October 29, 2020

In the News: Boston Marathon 2021 moved to at least the fall;

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The 2021 Boston Marathon will not be held in April, and local officials believe it is the correct call.

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced Wednesday afternoon the 125th Boston Marathon, traditionally held on the third Monday in April — Patriots’ Day - will be postponed until at least the fall 2021.

Brendan Tedstone, the Hopkinton Select Board Chairman, grew up in town, and said it was strange to not see a common full of runners on Patriots’ Day this year, calling it a “spring rite of passage.” Even so, he said he “definitely thinks it’s the right call.”

“It’s absolutely the right thing to do as a town,” said Tedstone. “We love having the marathon start in Hopkinton. We always have. But we would never allow an event to go on if it compromised the safety of our townspeople. I appreciate the proactive approach the B.A.A. took.”

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"Voters in Massachusetts will not be turned away for refusing to wear masks at polling stations, similar to rulings in other states.

In Houston, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry issued an executive order on Oct. 16, prohibiting poll workers from turning away voters who refuse to wear a mask at the polls.

But in Massachusetts, poll workers have been instructed on how to accommodate for all voters. No one will be turned away from voting sites or denied the right to vote for refusing to wear a face covering.

“While we strongly encourage all voters to wear a mask while voting in person, voters cannot be denied the right to vote if they are unable or unwilling to wear one. Local election officials have been advised to be prepared to provide a reasonable accommodation for such a voter,” said Debra O’Malley, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State William Galvin."

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