Mayor Thomas M. McGee, in consultation with the City Council, the Department of Public Health, and the City Solicitor’s office, is announcing the issuance of two Executive Orders requiring residents and visitors to stay home during certain hours, to restrict certain behaviors at all times, and also relative to the operations of essential services. The first order requires all residents of and visitors to the City of Lynn stay at home between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. unless they are actively providing or receiving COVID-19 essential services, and sick individuals are prohibited from leaving their homes unless to receive medical care. In addition, it prohibits all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason and limits any concentration of individuals outside their home to workers providing essential services or individuals who are undertaking essential tasks. The order does allow for outdoor activity but limited to activities that are non-contact or where you would come into close contact with other people.
The order also requires individuals to practice social distancing when in public and wear a cloth face covering such as a fabric mask, scarf, or bandana over their nose and mouth when entering any essential service business, in any communal spaces of a residential or commercial building complex, and when social distancing in public cannot be met. Surgical masks for N-95 respirators are not recommended for members of the general public in an effort to preserve medical PPE for healthcare workers and first responders.waiting to check out. The order also imposes a zero- tolerance policy for gathering and loitering of customers within stores’ premises or outside of a store upon completion of sale.
The essential services order prohibits customers from entering restaurants, bars, and like establishments and instead allows business to be conducted in one of the following ways: drive-through window where customer remains inside a vehicle for the entire sales transaction including ordering, paying, and receiving purchases, curbside pickup where a customer’s order is made in advance such as by phone or online and purchases are carried outside and delivered by employees upon the arrival at the establishment to the customer’s vehicle or food delivery service’s vehicle; or delivery where a customer places an order in advance and the purchases are delivered to a customer’s location by employees or food delivery services.
The last provision of this order prohibits landlords or owners from enforcing an eviction upon a resident of Lynn, including residential tenants and commercial tenants during this public health crisis. It also prohibits a landlord or owner from accessing a tenant’s dwelling space for purposes such as general inspections, displaying units to potential future tenants and other non-critical activities. A landlord may only access a tenant’s dwelling space to make repairs requested by the tenant repairs required as a matter of law or to respond to a life-threatening emergency.
These orders went into effect on Sunday, April 12, 2020. Failure to comply with eh provisions of the Executive Orders shall be a basis for the suspension/revocation of any and all City of Lynn licenses and permits and fines up to $1,000.
Here is a link to the City of Lynn's COVID-19 webpage.