The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts is alerting residents to a major spike in COVID-19 cases related to house parties and dining inside restaurants.
On Friday, Mayor Linda Tyer announced that 46 new positive COVID cases over the past two weeks are related to large private gatherings.
“We are aware of a birthday party that started at Mazzeo’s and then moved to Methuselah,” said the mayor. “And then there is a spike in cases that are associated with an event at PortSmitt’s.”
The city is undertaking contact tracing to track possible exposures from the events and a public awareness campaign about public safety protocols.
Tyer says the city is not taking any further moves to roll back reopening plans beyond public health orders mandated by the state. As of Friday, indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people statewide – though the mayor says a possible next step would be reducing that to six.