A look at coronavirus-related developments in New England on Sunday.
The city of Gloucester banned beach parking for out-of-town visitors this weekend as temperatures were expected to reach into the upper 90s.
The move came after complaints about excessive traffic last weekend. Gloucester officials are limiting the number of non-residents and only allowing beach parking on weekdays to slow the spread of the coronavirus, WBZ-TV reported.
“People left trash all of over the beaches,” said East Gloucester resident Barbara Ouellette about last weekend. “They parked in residential parking areas, the side streets. They parked halfway across people’s driveways. It was just awful.”
The city said it would be monitoring parking lots and nearby streets this weekend and violators could face a $75 fine and be towed.
Amtrak’s Downeaster is adding more round-trip offerings between Maine and Boston.
The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority said this past week that the Downeaster would begin operating four daily round-trip trains between Brunswick, Maine, and Boston starting Monday. Trains will be sanitized with enhanced cleaning between trips.
The Downeaster, which suspended service on April 13 amid the coronavirus pandemic, begin a phased-in reopening in mid-June with one round-trip train on weekdays.
New Hampshire's congressional delegation says more than $26 million will go to the state's health care providers dealing with substantial costs of coronavirus caseloads. U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas, all Democrats, announced the federal relief funding on Friday.
“These federal dollars will help them manage the overwhelming health and financial challenges created by this crisis and ensure they can continue their critical role on the frontlines of this pandemic." Shaheen said in a written statement.
Vermont reported 12 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday for a total of 1,350 cases so far. A total of 82,500 people have been tested in state for the illness since the pandemic started earlier this year.
Three people were hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the Health Department.
The number of deaths has remained at 56 for a month.