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Dec 03, 2020


Home News Tisbury, Chilmark approve COVID construction regulations Tisbury, Chilmark approve COVID construction regulations Katie Carroll, Chilmark health board member, during a meeting Wednesday to approve new work site regulations. Tisbury and Chilmark joined Edgartown, Oak Bluffs , and West Tisbury in approving revised construction site health protocols to stem the spread of COVID-19 among Vineyard workers. The guidelines, which are being presented to town boards Islandwide, include mandatory mask wearing regardless of social distancing, notifying the board like this of health of a positive case within 12 hours of a positive test result, stocking hand sanitizer stations, and naming a required COVID-19 safety officer for each work site. At their meeting Wednesday, Tisbury select board members approved the guidelines as revised by the board of health, with little discussion. Larry Gomez was the only select board member to make a brief comment, asking what he should do if he walks by a group of workers who appear to be violating the health regulations. “What if we are walking by a site, like on a walk last week toward Tashmoo Beach, where I noticed a construction site with about six or seven fellows sitting, talking, and having coffee with no masks?” he wondered. “Am I supposed to call it in to our agent?” Tisbury health agent Maura Valley said individuals can call either their board of health office, or the building inspectors’ office for their town.  “We will follow up and make sure that everyone on that site is following the rules,” Valley added. Gomez said he wouldn’t consider approaching workers who are violating the health mandate “because [he] is afraid to get punched in the mouth, just walking down the street.” “I just have to bite my lip under my mask and keep moving,” he continued. At a short meeting Wednesday evening, Chilmark’s board of health and selectmen unanimously approved the tightened guidelines. “The nice thing about adopting these regulations is it puts all of the towns in unison,” board of health chair Katie Carroll said. “I would say congratulations to the board of health, all the Island’s boards of health, for doing this,” seletman Warren Doty said.