Dartmouth and Omicron BA.2 Indian logo referendum
New cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Massachusetts, leading some to wonder if there might be cause for concern just as things are starting to return to a sense of normalcy.
Boston’s CBS 4 reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that “Omicron’s BA.2 subvariant now accounts for more than 70% of cases in the Northeast.” The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 2,430 new confirmed cases of COVID on Monday.
Several people asked what impact COVID might have on Dartmouth’s annual municipal election next week and whether face masks might be required to enter a polling place to vote. Some fear being turned away and not being allowed to vote unless they wear a mask and have proof of vaccination.
The Dartmouth Board of Health told me there is no mask requirement to vote at this time, although residents can wear masks to the polls if they wish. There is also no need for voters to show proof of a COVID vaccination.
Keep in mind that things can change quickly, as we’ve already seen with COVID, so voters should monitor the Board of Health’s website for any new developments. It might not hurt to put a mask in your pocket just to be safe. It never hurts to be prepared.
Dartmouth voters face a full slate of candidates for public office and city assembly seats. Additionally, there is a non-binding public opinion opinion question that asks, “Do you support retaining the Dartmouth Indian symbol with Aboriginal imagery as a symbol of the Dartmouth school system?”
Dartmouth’s annual municipal election will take place on Tuesday, April 5. Polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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