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Great Barrington Asks Second Home Owners To Self-Isolate

The Great Barrington Town Seal
Town Of Great Barrington

As New Yorkers flee the city for Berkshire County, some towns are preparing for a new threat of COVID-19 transmission.

On Tuesday, New York City residents were urged by the White House coronavirus response coordinator to self-isolate as the city’s cases of coronavirus spike. The Berkshires – a longtime retreat for urbanites – is girding for an influx of potentially dangerous part-time residents.

“While we still welcome our second home owners, we’re sending out a request – basically a plea – that they self-quarantine immediately upon arrival at least for 14 days," said Great Barrington, Massachusetts Town Manager Mark Pruhenski.

Pruhenski says the town does not have to resources to actually enforce the request. There are around 425 second homes in Great Barrington, a town of around 7,000.

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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