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Posted on: August 12, 2020

RAVE ALERT - Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken Shares Community & COVID-19 Updates

Hi, this is Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken with some important community updates and COVID-19 updates. 

As of yesterday, Gloucester started water conservation measures which will be in place through September 10, 2020.  In accordance with Section 23-60 of the Gloucester Code of Ordinances, our DPW Director has instituted the following water conservation guidelines to help ensure an adequate supply of water to all customers:

  • Outdoor watering and lawn irrigation is permissible from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily.
  • Outdoor watering is limited to “handheld” with a hose or a watering can after 5 p.m. or before 9 a.m.
  • Filling/replenishing of swimming pools from the City water supply is prohibited.
  • Washing of vehicles, boats, driveways and sidewalks is prohibited.

We appreciate your cooperation and support of the City’s water conservation efforts. 

As always, I want to provide you with the very latest information on COVID-19 so you can continue to protect your family and help keep our community safe during this public health emergency.

A new COVID-19 travel order is now in effect and it requires that all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts follow its requirements unless they are coming from a state that has been designated a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into an exemption category. Visitors and returning residents arriving in Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower-risk state must quarantine for 14-days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered on a sample taken not more than 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.  For more details please visit

Effective, yesterday, August 11, the limit on outdoor gatherings has been reduced from 100 to 50 people.  Indoor gatherings limit will remain at 25 people.  These limits apply to all types of gatherings, on both public and private property and requires that face coverings be worn where more than 10 people from different households will be mixing.

Restaurant rules have been updated so that alcoholic beverages may only be served for on-site consumption if accompanied by orders for food prepared on-site.

All summer, we have seen a significant increase in visitors and recreational water use.  We urge everyone to follow the guidelines for safe boating, most notably no rafting with other boats, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Recent activity in and around Wingaersheek Beach has gotten out of control and everyone needs to respect the rules.  Remember, it’s not just about your safety, it’s about the safety of your neighbors and family as well.

We continue to make excellent progress in reducing transmission of COVID-19 and getting our city government, local economy and schools up and running again. That’s why it is more important than ever that we follow the guidance around social distancing and the use of face coverings so we don’t reverse these positive trends.

As of yesterday, August 11, the status of COVID-19 cases in the City of Gloucester were as follows:

  • 319 overall cases (276 confirmed and 43 probable);
  • 288 recovered;
  • 26 COVID-19 related deaths;
  • 5 active cases.

We must all remain vigilant and continue taking steps to mitigate the spread of the virus to protect each other and our friends and loved ones. Please continue to wear a mask or face covering when out in public, maintain a safe physical distance of 6 feet from others, wash and sanitize your hands and frequently touched surfaces often, and stay home if you’re sick.  

We will get through this, but only if we work together!  Stay safe! Thank you. 

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