Topics: Health

Gym Gets Cease And Desist Order

By: Alan Pollock

SOUTH CHATHAM — Having ignored daily fines levied by the town, the owners of BodyStrong Fitness were served with an immediate cease and desist order Monday afternoon for opening despite the governor’s order to remain closed during the pandemic emergency. Delivering the order is “the last step of the procedures that the state has laid out for enforcement,” Health Agent Judith Giorgio told the health board Monda...

CHATHAM — To provide more social distancing room for shoppers, downtown merchants have proposed banning on-street parking and allowing only one-way traffic on Main Street this summer. A new working group has been formed to review and refine the proposal. At last Thursday’s meeting of the board of selectmen, Chatham Chamber of Commerce Executive Director said business leaders have developed a plan for “a safe, ...

Selectmen Give Nod To 2020 Beach Opening Plan

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Recreation Department Director Eric Beeb presented the board of selectmen with a 2020 beach season opening plan that limits some beach parking and reduces the sale of one-day beach passes to two beaches. The board approved the plan by consensus last week. Interim Town Administrator Joseph Powers said the plan takes in the town’s obligation under Gov. Charlie Baker’s first phase of reopening Massachus...

HARWICH PORT — The Port and Ember restaurants will be investigated by the town for alleged violations of a state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission prohibition against selling alcohol for on-premises consumption during the COVID-19 state of emergency. On May 18, when Gov. Charlie Baker issued his Reopening Massachusetts plan and announced the first phase, the ABCC reaffirmed an advisory which stated “all on...

A Projected Shortfall Of $4.1 Million In FY21 HARWICH — Selectmen warned department heads to expect revenue shortfalls going into FY21 and urged town departments to come together in creative ways to continue to provide services to the community. Board of Selectmen Chairman Larry Ballantine said while this year has been difficult, next year will be even more difficult. Selectmen made it clear, however, that ...

COVID-19: Breaking Down The Numbers

By: Alan Pollock

At noon on Monday, church bells on the Lower Cape and around the country pealed for 17 minutes to mark a somber occasion. The nation’s death toll from COVID-19 has topped 100,000 people. “Not a good milestone to make,” Chatham Health and Natural Resources Director Robert Duncanson said. By Monday evening, the national death toll had already reached 104,799. The statistics are at once alarming and numbing, but ...

'Love Caravan’ Visits The Terraces

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS — You could feel Carol Counihan’s excitement as she and her husband Tim decorated their van in the Nauset Regional Middle School parking lot May 27. They were going to see her mother, Lillian Blakely, at The Terraces Continuing Care Community for the first time in months. And they had lots of company. More than 50 cars, vans, and police and fire vehicles gathered last week for a “Love Caravan” to the T...

Boating Restrictions Create A New Normal At Saquatucket

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With Memorial Day, people start to get anxious about the upcoming boating season. Harbormaster John Rendon said the early birds are already arriving at their slips in Saquatucket Harbor. “I’m expecting a good boating season,” Rendon said. “People ask me if I think it’s going to be a terrible boating season, but I think it will be an opportunity for people to get outside, on the water. I think it will...

Gym Defies State Order, Opens For Business

By: Alan Pollock

SOUTH CHATHAM — Defying the state closure, Bodystrong Fitness opened for business today. The owner of the gym said the business needs to make money to survive. “We opened against the governor’s order because we have to at this point. It’s been two months,” majority owner Colin Eitelbach said. “I have to open for my family’s sake.” Under the phased reopening plan announced by Gov. Charlie Baker Monday, busin...

Cape Task Force: Expect Muted Summer Season With COVID-19 numbers starting to improve, the state took the first steps toward reactivating Massachusetts’ mothballed economy this week. On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced the start of a careful process of reopening shuttered businesses and restarting public activities, with the goal of reaching a “new normal” by the end of July. But for that schedule to ho...

CHATHAM — Taking no joy in the vote, selectmen Monday canceled the 2020 Independence Day parade, fireworks, and weekly Chatham Band concerts. In a further effort to control the spread of COVID-19, the health board issued an emergency order requiring people to wear face masks while strolling downtown. The decisions came on the heels of last week’s widely attended virtual forum where many citizens expressed the ...

Doing Good

By: Staff Reports and Contributors

Do you know someone who is going above and beyond in this extraordinary time? Let us know! For the next few weeks we'll be highlighting those who do good deeds in our local communities by selflessly helping their neighbors. Drop us an email at editor@capecodchronicle.com if you know of any good deeds you'd like to see exposed. Impact Fund Update The Chatham Coronavirus Impact Fund has provided $43,000 si...

Gov. Charlie Baker today announced the start of a careful process of reopening shuttered businesses and restarting public activities, with the goal of reaching a “new normal” state by the end of July. But for that schedule to hold, COVID-19 cases need to continue declining, which means continuing social distancing, hand washing, face covering and other personal precautions. Essential businesses that are alread...

Open-Air Town Meeting Set for June 20

By: Ed Maroney

ORLEANS - There's no word yet on whether picnic lunches will be encouraged, but the selectmen have decided that the 2020 annual town meeting will be held alfresco. The town's annual legislative session will be held outdoors Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m. in the center of Nauset Regional Middle School's running track.  The open-air session will be postponed if it rains. Town meeting usually takes place in the...

Amid mounting pressure to reopen the state’s dormant economy, officials are warning that with COVID-19, caution remains the watchword. Gov. Charlie Baker this week announced a strategy for gradually reopening businesses, though the timing has yet to be decided. With the Memorial Day weekend just over a week away, business and civic leaders on the Lower Cape are all ears. An economic reopening advisory board...