Winthrop Police report fining a Bellevue Avenue man $300 for failing to comply with state Covid-19 regulations after officers responding to "multiple reports about a loud party" found about 30 people having a grand but largely maskless time, in a town that the state has ranked as having a high Covid-19 risk.
In a statement, Police Chief Terence Delehanty said:
Our community has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and willful disregard of the precautions we’re all responsible for maintaining has consequences. Winthrop residents have been doing their part to curb the spread in of the virus in town, and everyone has to remain committed to making these shared sacrifices for the greater good.
He added that people are required to wear a mask in any gathering of more than 10 people.
According to state figures, Winthrop has a positive-test rate of 1.21%, compared to the statewide average of about 0.8%. The town of about 17,500 people has seen 23 new cases over the past two weeks.