December 02, 2021BERLIN — As COVID cases continue to rise throughout the North County, the Berlin City Council was once again tasked with the mask conversation.
City Manager James Wheeler presented updates to the Council during the Nov. 22 work session, from Androscoggin Valley Hospital and Coos County Family Health Services.
"COVID is still present in our community. Both Healthcare facilities are asking for the City to extend the mask ordinance for another two weeks as they are expecting a potential spike in cases," Wheeler said.
The city is now in green status.
Mayor Paul Grenier said, "I'm not in favor of extending another two weeks. I looked at the DHHS Web site, and there are only 27 active cases in Berlin. I suggest we extend it until the end of the month of November only."
Councilor Remillard commented she would like it extended another two weeks as requested by the Healthcare facilities. Councilor Peter Higbee said that he agrees with extending another two weeks as requested by the Healthcare professionals. Councilor Rozek moved to extend the mask requirements for Public participation to end at midnight on Tuesday November 30th, Councilor Eastman seconded and the motion carried by roll call vote. Higbee - no, Rozek – yes, Berthiaume – yes, Remillard – no, Morgan – yes, Eastman – yes, Theberge – no, Grenier – yes.