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Great Barrington Halts Non-Essential Meetings, Plastic Bottle Ban In Face Of COVID-19

The Great Barrington Town Seal
Town Of Great Barrington

The town of Great Barrington, Massachusetts is taking steps to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Southern Berkshire County community of around 7,000 has suspended all non-essential town meetings until further notice, suspended activities at the town’s senior center, and is discouraging residents from hosting or attending large public gatherings.

Great Barrington is also suspending its ban on the sale of single-use plastic water bottles.

“It isn’t necessarily the safest thing to have to use refillable, reusable bottles at this time," said Selectboard member Ed Abrahams. "For some people, they’re difficult to clean.”

The town has established a COVID-19 response group to monitor the outbreak and determine the next steps Great Barrington will have to take to keep up with it.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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