MRPC Statement Regarding Office Operations - Office closed until 10/3/2022 (Updated 9/16/2022)

The MRPC office will be closed from 9/16/22 to 10/3/2022.  All staff will be working remotely.


Prior MRPC Announcement (7/13/2021)

The MRPC office was reopened on Monday, July 12th. Our office has resumed normal operations. Normal business hours are from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
 
Until further notice, Commissioners are welcome to attend monthly meetings in person beginning at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 15th.
 
MRPC’s office may close the office if management deems this necessary for the protection of its employees, local officials, and the general public.
 

Prior MRPC Announcement (5/26/2021)

The MRPC is phasing-in the reopening of its office located at 464 Abbot Avenue, Leominster.
 
  • All employees have been allowed to return to the office, on a voluntary basis, as of May 10, 2021.
  • All employees are required to return to the office on July 12, 2021.
  • MRPC’s office will reopen to the public on July 12, 2021.
  • MRPC will enforce Federal CDC or Massachusetts DPH COVID19 safeguards (the more stringent of the two); signs are posted throughout the office.
Meetings with MRPC staff are encouraged via telephonic or an appropriate tele videoconferencing online service for meetings with staff that are not subject to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law.
 
For meetings that are subject to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, MRPC will abide by all, applicable and legal requirements. If feasible, MRPC may encourage the use of telephonic and/or an appropriate tele videoconferencing online service for public meetings in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of those traveling to the MRPC for these meetings. We will provide guidance on this topic in the near future.
 
Highlights of Governor Baker’s order to lift COVID restrictions:
 
  • Governor Charlie Baker will end the State of Emergency June 15.
  • The Commonwealth’s face covering order will also be rescinded on May 29.
  • Effective May 29, all industries will be permitted to open. With the exception of remaining face-covering requirements for public and private transportation systems and facilities housing vulnerable populations, all industry restrictions will be lifted, and capacity will increase to 100% for all industries.
  • The gathering limit will be rescinded.
  • The Department of Public Health will issue a new face covering advisory consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance.
  • Face coverings will still be mandatory for all individuals on public and private transportation systems (including rideshares, livery, taxi, ferries, MBTA, Commuter Rail and transportation stations), in healthcare facilities and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings.
  • All industries will be encouraged to follow CDC guidance for cleaning and hygiene protocols.