In our efforts to keep residents fully appraised of state and local efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, please find a summary of the Governor’s most recent orders below:
- Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020 (4/3/2020)- This act was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor on Friday, April 3. It addresses some of the many challenges that local governments are facing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A few actions allowed under this act include the postponement of Annual Town Meeting, extension of property tax deadline, waiver of interest and penalties on certain taxes and fees, adoption of temporary FY 21 budgets, as well as an extension on the deadline to file state tax returns. This legislation also allows for the sale of malt liquors and wine as takeout by restaurants licensed to sell for on premise consumption. Read the bill here.
- Community Tracing Collaborative (4/3/2020)- The Governor announced a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Partners In Health to enhance tracing efforts to better identify individuals who may have come in contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients. Learn more here.
- Closure of State Parks and Beaches (4/2/2020)- In an effort to reduce traffic at state beaches, the Governor announced that parking areas at coastal beach reservations managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation would be closed. His order also opened some seasonal parks early to provide alternative outdoor recreation areas for people to explore while practicing safe social distancing. Learn more here.
- Extension of Stay at Home Advisory & Closure of Non-Essential Businesses (3/31/2020)- Governor Charlie Baker announced on March 31, 2020 that all non-essential businesses would remain closed through May 4, 2020. His original order closed these businesses through May 4, 2020. This order also extends the stay at home advisory to May 4, 2020 and further extends the prohibition of on premise consumption of food and alcohol at restaurants and bars. Learn more here.
- On April 7, 2020, the Board of Selectmen announced the extension of the property tax deadline to June 1, 2020 and waived interest and penalties on certain taxes and fees. Read the press release here.
- On April 7, 2020, the Board of Selectmen announced that the Annual Town Election and Annual Town Meeting had been postponed to a later date. Read the news post here.
- On April 6, 2020, the Town published a comprehensive FAQs list that addresses common questions about interacting with local government during the COVID-19 shutdown. That document can be found here.
- On April 3, 2020, Town Administrator Matthew Hanson announced that in line with the extension of the Governor’s “Stay at Home Advisory,” Town Offices would remain closed through May 4, 2020 and all non-essential staff would continue to work remotely. Read the full press release here.
- All public meetings are being conducted virtually, with no in-person attendance permitted. Details for connecting to virtual meetings can be found on the top of the meeting agenda posted on the Town Calendar.