Mass. beaches reopen for Memorial Day

  • Amanda Pensack, left, and Derek Engelking, of Weymouth, Mass., sit on Marconi Beach, part of Cape Cod National Seashore, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Wellfleet, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • A boy with a protective mask fishes on Race Point Beach, part of Cape Cod National Seashore, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Provincetown, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • People fish on Race Point Beach, part of Cape Cod National Seashore, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Provincetown, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • People walk on Marconi Beach, part of Cape Cod National Seashore, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Wellfleet, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • A sign with advice about keeping safe from COVID-19 hangs over the usually busy Commercial Street, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Provincetown, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Kim Leonard, owner of The Nut House, waits for customers, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Provincetown, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Alyssa Costa waits for customers at a takeout window, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Provincetown, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Closed retail stores line the usually crowded Commercial Street, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Provincetown, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • A sign advises that protective masks are required on the usually busy Commercial Street, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Provincetown, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • A couple walks on Marconi Beach, part of Cape Cod National Seashore, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Wellfleet, Mass., during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • A person walks on Marconi Beach, part of Cape Cod National Seashore, as a wave crashes on the shore, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Wellfleet, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Light traffic crosses the Cape Cod Canal on the usually busy Sagamore Bridge, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Bourne, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • A lone vehicle leaves Cape Cod over the usually busy Bourne Bridge, Monday, May 25, 2020, in Bourne, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Published: 5/25/2020 9:09:49 PM
Modified: 5/25/2020 9:09:44 PM

CAPE COD — Massachusetts beaches opened Monday, but with restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Beachgoers must keep at least 6 feet apart while walking and set up chairs and towels 12 feet away from others. Groups of more than 10 and organized games are not permitted.

“On some of our bigger beaches, we’ve actually made one-way traffic to and from the beach. On places where the trails are narrower, we’ve actually divided it into an entry and exit side,” said Brewster natural resources director Chris Miller told WBUR.

Hair salons and barber shops were also allowed to reopen Monday with restrictions.

Fewer flags on the Common

One thousand American flags were placed about 6 feet apart on the Boston Common overnight for Memorial Day.

Normally about 37,000 flags would be placed to honor the Massachusetts service members who died in service since the American Revolution. Organizers with the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund had canceled the effort two weeks ago but then opted for a smaller effort overnight to limit the number of volunteers and onlookers amid the coronavirus pandemic, WBZ-TV reported.

Deaths recognized

A group of black and Latino activists on Monday drove through downtown Boston in what they said was a funeral procession to honor those who have died of COVID-19.

They placed a coffin in front of the Statehouse to send a message that the black and Latino community has suffered a staggering number of deaths.

Resources to fight the virus must be directed proportionately “to the people feeling the most pain,” said Armani White, an organizer from the Black Boston COVID-19 Coalition, in a written statement.

Bill would press companies to refund costs of school trips

A Massachusetts bill that would pressure companies to refund the cost of school trips cancelled because of the coronavirus emergency will be the subject of a virtual public hearing.

The bill is set to come before the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

The bill would label as an unfair or deceptive act “the failure of any travel company, travel agency, tour business, or travel agent acting on behalf of a consumer, to provide a full monetary refund, upon request, for a school-related educational trip, tour or excursion cancelled as a result of a declaration of emergency.”

The bill has more than 30 legislative co-sponsors.

The hearing will be livestreamed on the Facebook pages of House Chairman Tackey Chan and Senate Chairman Paul Feeney

Written testimony can be emailed to Al Anzola in Rep. Chan’s office at alberto.anzola@mahouse.gov or Matthew Amato in Sen. Feeney’s office at matthew.amato@masenate.gov.

MAINEOne-man parade

A sole veteran marched in downtown Portland accompanied by two police escorts Monday to mark Memorial Day in the age of the coronavirus.

The city’s traditional Memorial Day parade was canceled but organizers said they still wanted to honor those who have died while serving the country and do it in a way that abided by physical distancing rules, WMTW-TV reported.

So, one veteran, Army Sgt. Richard Cobb of Portland, marched from Longfellow Square to Monument Square, where he placed a flag. He spent 20 years in the Army, served in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star.

Medical swab production

A Maine company that produces swabs for coronavis testing is developing a new plant that could help it nearly double its production of medical swabs.

Puritan Medical Products in Guilford said its converting a former plant in Pittsfield into its swab manufacturing plant, with the goal of having it operating by July 1, the Portland Press Herald reported.

The swabs are used to collect samples from people’s nasal cavities and throats which are then run through machines to detect where the person has COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

The company currently produces 21.6 million swabs per month. The plant could increase the company’s production to 40 million swabs a month by August or September, said co-owner Timothy Templet.

On Sunday, Maine reported 19 new COVID-19 cases, with no new deaths. That brings the total number of people who have tested positive to 2,074, the Maine Center for Disease Control said. The total number of deaths remained at 78.

RHODE ISLANDState opens 2 beaches with limitations in place

Two state beaches opened in Rhode Island on Memorial Day, the traditional start of the summer season.

Gov. Gina Raimondo announced last week that East Matunuck Beach in South Kingstown and Scarborough Beach in Narragansett would be the only two state-run beaches to open Monday but stressed that there would be limited parking and no lifeguards, concessions or other facilities.

CONNECTICUTHospitalizations up slightly

Coronavirus hospitalizations in Connecticut increased slightly Sunday, with five new admissions making for a total of 706, according to state data released Monday.

The state reported 49 new deaths from the disease on Sunday and 405 new positive tests. All three numbers are still far below peak levels reached in mid-April.

In all, more than 40,800 people in Connecticut have tested positive for COVID-19 and 3,742 people have died.




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