Good afternoon everyone,
With the recent updates of the COVID-19 situation, it is prudent that the Town take certain actions to protect its employees and in light of the ever-evolving situation here in the Commonwealth, the difficult decision has been made to close town buildings to the public, effective tomorrow morning, March 17, 2020, until further notice. All town activities/programs are cancelled, as well. This decision is being made out of an abundance of caution to attempt to limit in-person contact while also continuing to provide basic services to residents and business owners. The Town has also begun to take the necessary steps to cancel non-essential government meetings. This unfortunately includes meetings of all public bodies until appropriate accommodations can be made for public access.
Due to the physical configuration of our offices and buildings, it is not possible for our employees to maintain proper social barrier distances. We also operate with a very minimal staff and each position is absolutely essential to the efficient operation of the Town. In order to protect our employees, we are asking that all public interactions be strictly limited. If a meeting is absolutely necessary, we ask that appointments be made ahead of time and that you keep a log of who you have interacted with. Town Hall will remain locked and the public will be encouraged to communicate with Town staff via telephone or the internet. As we all know, this is also a critical time for local revenue. However, because staff health must take priority, we will arrange to encourage and promote online payments to all practical extent and provide a locked drop box for residents to drop off payments.
While we certainly understand this situation is not ideal, we are proceeding with the well-being of our citizens and staff in mind. We encourage everyone to closely follow information from the Massachusetts Department of Health (DPH), our Board of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and exercise good judgement and caution.