May 12, 2021

Rehoboth Town Hall To Remain Closed

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Town Hall will remain closed to the public for the immediate future due to a high rate of new Covid infections. “We need to proceed with caution,” Selectmen Chairman Skip Vadnais said Monday.

Elected officials will be allowed to have unrestricted access to the building, along with the chairs of various town boards and committees. However, masks will still be required to be worn.

According to the most recent data from the Massachusetts Department of Health, Rehoboth reported 48 new cases in the last two weeks. The daily positivity rate was 5.67 percent. Rehoboth is still red, a designation given to the cities and towns with the highest rate of new infections.

Former selectman Gerry Schwall said 37 percent of town residents had received at least one vaccine dose. 87 percent of residents 75 and older received at least one vaccine dose. Schwall noted people under the age of 40 are getting infected at higher rates than older adults. “Their behaviors are going to get them sick,” Schwall said, adding the pandemic is not over.

“You don’t want to get (the virus),” said Selectman Jim Muri. “Get vaccinated.”

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