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Please be advised that Town Hall and the Library will be fully reopening to the public on Monday, May 10th. The Drive-Through Kiosk in the parking lot of Town Hall will remain open until the end of May and possibly into June to provide an alternative to residents, businesses and visitors for obtaining municipal services. The Outside Window in the Treasurer’s Office will be closed beginning May 10th as Town Hall and the inside Treasurer/Collector’s Office window will be open during normal business hours. We will consider utilizing the Outside Window on a case-by-case basis if there are situations where a member of the public is not comfortable coming inside the building.
The indoor space at the Senior Center will remain closed until the State lifts all Covid restrictions, which is projected to occur on August 1st. The August 1st full State Reopening date could be pushed back if health data indicates a concern, or it could be moved up to an earlier date. In the interim, the Senior Center will be providing limited outdoor programs.
The Library will be open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. DPW is also open to the public during normal operating hours.
Visitors to the indoors of Town Hall and the Library and all municipal buildings will be required to wear masks unless they indicate that they have a medical condition per the State Face Coverings Order. Six foot social distancing is still required so it may limit capacity in certain rooms and spaces.
As of last week, we no longer require visitors in our buildings to sign in with contact information unless they are attending a meeting of 15 minutes or longer, at which point they should sign in for contact tracing purposes if necessary.
Until the State lifts the social distancing requirement, we will continue to hold remote meetings as we cannot accommodate board and/or commission members in the Board of Selectmen’s room or the Planning Board room while also accommodating members of the public due to capacity limitations. We will continue to hold public board, commission and committee meetings remotely until such time that the 6 foot distancing restrictions and other capacity limitations are lifted.
As you know, the Governor announced last week the next and final steps in the State’s Reopening Plan. A summary of those steps is below. There are several key dates upon which certain restrictions currently in place will be rescinded, with the targeted full reopening date on August 1st. Please note that the August 1st date could be moved to an earlier or a later date, depending on health data and vaccination data.
We will announce additional changes as they unfold with regard to State regulation. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all adapt and adjust to changing regulations and restrictions as the State moves towards full reopening later this summer.
Julie A. Jacobson
• Effective April 30th face coverings are only required outside in public when it is not possible to socially distance, and at other times required by sector-specific guidance.
• Face coverings will still be required at all times in indoor public places.
• Face coverings will also continue to be required at all times at events, whether indoors or outdoors and whether in a public space or at a private home, except for when eating or drinking.
• At smaller gatherings in private homes, face coverings are recommended but not required.
The following reopening guidelines will take effect on Monday, May 10th:
• Large venues such as indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas and ballparks, currently open at 12% capacity under Step 1 of Phase 4, will be permitted to increase capacity to 25%.
• Some outdoor Phase 4, Step 2 industries, including amusement parks, theme parks and outdoor water parks, will be permitted to operate at a 50% capacity after submitting safety plans to the Department of Public Health.
• Road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events will be permitted to take place with staggered starts after submitting safety plans to a local board of health or the DPH.
• Youth and adult amateur sports tournaments will be allowed for moderate- and high-risk sports.
• Singing will also be permitted indoors with strict distancing requirements at performance venues, restaurants, event venues and other businesses.
• All school districts in the Commonwealth are required to provide high school students with full-time, in-person learning by May 17th
The following changes are scheduled to take effect on May 29 (subject to public health and vaccination data):
• Gathering limits will increase to 200 people indoors and 250 people outdoors for event venues, public settings and private settings.
• Subject to public health and vaccination data, additional Phase 4, Step 2 industries will be permitted to open including:
– Street festivals, parades and agricultural festivals, at 50% of their previous capacity and after submitting safety plans to the local board of health
– Bars, beer gardens, breweries, wineries and distilleries, subject to restaurant rules with seated service only, a 90-minute limit, and no dance floors
• Subject to public health and vaccination data, the restaurant guidance will be updated to eliminate the requirement that food be served with alcohol and to increase the maximum table size to 10.
The following changes are scheduled to take effect on Aug. 1 (subject to public health and vaccination data):
• Remaining industries will be permitted to open, including dance clubs and nightclubs; saunas, hot-tubs, steam rooms at fitness centers, health clubs and other facilities; indoor water parks; and ball pits.
• All industry restrictions will be lifted, and capacity will increase to 100% for all industries, with businesses encouraged to continue following best practices.
• Gathering limits will be rescinded.