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Friday, February 26, 2021
Town of Franklin: Update on the State of Massachusetts Reopening Process
Friday, February 5, 2021
Boston Globe: "Baker to increase the capacity limit on restaurants, gyms, other businesses to 40% starting Monday"
"Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Baker administration is increasing the temporary capacity limits for a variety of businesses such as stores, gyms, and restaurants.
The state Department of Public Health informed cities and towns on Thursday that the 25-percent capacity restrictions, put in place after Christmas, would be increased to 40 percent on Monday because of recent improvements in COVID-19 data. The change includes an increase in allowed office capacity, to 40 percent, though few offices will fill to that level anytime soon with so many people still working out of their homes.
“We know that these restrictions have been and continue to be enormously difficult for large and small businesses, their employees, and for individuals everywhere,” Governor Charlie Baker said during an afternoon briefing Thursday. “But we’re making progress in this battle against COVID and everyone’s hard work and preparation is now making it possible for us to continue to step back to what we might call a new normal.”
|Franklin has dropped down to Yellow (from Red) for the first time since December|
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
"Most businesses restricted to 25 percent capacity for at least 2 weeks in ‘critical period’"
"Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced the toughest set of coronavirus-related restrictions since June, clamping down on the number of people allowed inside restaurants, groceries, and other public gathering spots in an attempt to stave off another holiday surge.
Capacity limits for most businesses will be lowered to 25 percent beginning Saturday and will remain restricted for at least two weeks, Baker said, prompting pushback from some who said companies may not survive another hit to their bottom lines."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required) https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/12/22/metro/gov-baker-announces-new-temporary-restrictions-gatherings-businesses/
Gov Baker's press conference video https://youtu.be/2TaRgI-x-z0
Additional info can be found on the COVID-19 page https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information
Saturday, August 8, 2020
"We also want to keep this virus out of our communities"
From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Gov. Charlie Baker is indefinitely postponing the next step of the state’s reopening in response to the uptick in COVID-19 cases that Massachusetts has seen in recent weeks.
The governor said the second step of Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan will be put on hold and the outdoor gathering limit will decrease from 100 to 50, effective Tuesday. He said he was authorizing all state and local police to enforce the orders, and that people who host events — even on private property — that exceed gathering limits will be subject to fines.
Amid reports of large parties and unauthorized gatherings, Baker said “some residents feel a bit too relaxed about the seriousness of this virus.”
He also announced the creation of a COVID Enforcement and Intervention Team that will ramp up enforcement efforts and coordinate intervention efforts in yet-to-be-named high-risk communities."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
Video link = https://youtu.be/kCGEj58c2hM
Friday, March 13, 2020
DLS Alert: Baker-Polito Administration Announces Emergency Order Modifying the State’s Open Meeting Law
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
"I think people are realizing the value of water”
"It’s the season of outdoor water restrictions in Massachusetts.
But are you really going to get slapped with a fine – or even have your water shut off – if you set up a sprinkler on the wrong day of the week, as many local bylaws threaten?
According to Department of Public Works directors and data from about a dozen cities and towns in the Milford area and MetroWest, maybe, but it doesn’t happen often.
“Do you really think I want to be the water police? Absolutely not,” Franklin Director of Public Works Robert Cantoreggi said. “I look at it more as a public education type of thing.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
|"I think people are realizing the value of water”|
Sunday, July 7, 2019
Attention Franklin Residents: [DPW] water ban effective immediately
- Irrigation of lawns and landscaping via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems;
- Washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety
- Washing of exterior building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks.
- Watering gardens, flowers and ornamental plants by means of a hand-held hose
|Attention Franklin Residents: [DPW] water ban effective immediately|
Monday, February 13, 2017
"Water Ban measures apply to both public water supply users and private well users"
§ 179-1 Authority.
This article is adopted by the Town of Franklin under its police powers to protect public health, safety and welfare and implements the Town's authority to regulate, limit and prohibit water use. This article also implements the Town's authority under M.G.L. c. 40, § 41A, conditioned upon a declaration of Water Supply Emergency issued by the Department of Environmental Protection.
§ 179-2 Purpose.
The purpose of this article is to protect, preserve and maintain the public health, safety and welfare whenever there is in force a State of Water Supply Conservation or Water Ban by providing for enforcement of any duly imposed prohibitions, restrictions, requirements, provisions or conditions imposed by the Town or by the Department of Environmental Protection.
§ 179-3 Application and Exemptions.
Water Supply Conservation measures apply to public water supply users only. Water Ban measures apply to both public water supply users and private well users.
Commercial agricultural users and golf courses shall be exempt from all provisions of this article. The Town of Franklin is exempt from all provisions of this article to extent required to protect public assets.
Continue reading the proposal to change the water restrictions to include private wells
You can also find this document as part of the Town Council agenda for Feb15,2017
|Some folks with wells are continuing to let their sprinkler systems water the grass last year, that could change this year if the Town Council adds private wells to the water restrictions as proposed|
Monday, April 18, 2016
MBTA: Bus, Commuter Rail and Subway notice - bicycle restrictions for Monday, Apr 18
Last updated: Apr 15 2016 02:35 PM
|Franklin Line approaching Franklin/Dean Station|
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Franklin, MA: MANDATORY WATER BAN
TAKE EFFECT ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010
NO OUTDOOR WATER USE IS PERMITTED AT THIS TIME, EXCEPT HAND WATERING OF GARDENS.
These water ban measures are needed to limit the demand on the water system in order to ensure that adequate water is available to meet the public health and safety needs of the Town. This measure is necessary to maintain the water levels in the tanks for fire protection and normal consumption use.
~Non-compliance with these regulations could adversely affect public health and safety. Violators are subject to fines up to $200.
This ban will be effective until further notice.
This was originally posted to the Franklin website here
Monday, August 25, 2008
Since this is a state sponsored sign, I guess this is allowed: