News Updates Regarding COVID-19 - June 1, 2020

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) June 1, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 520 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 30 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as of Sunday, May 31, 2020, 78 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 6,846. In addition, there were 664 newly reported cases. So far, 96,965 cases in total have been confirmed while 592,853 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why Governor Baker has a safer at home advisory, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance. 

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has provided guidance to everyone regarding preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Safer at home advisory from Governor Baker
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) May 29, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 508 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 29 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as of Thursday, May 28, 2020, 93 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 6,640. In addition, there were 675 newly reported cases. So far, 94,895 cases in total have been confirmed while 562,323 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why Governor Baker has a safer at home advisory, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance. 

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has provided guidance to everyone regarding preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Safer at home advisory from Governor Baker
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) May 28, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 506 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 29 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as of Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 74 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 6,547. In addition, there were 527 newly reported cases. So far, 94,220 cases in total have been confirmed while 552,144 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why Governor Baker has a safer at home advisory, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance. 

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has provided guidance to everyone regarding preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Safer at home advisory from Governor Baker
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) May 22, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 484 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 28 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as of Thursday, May 21, 2020, 82 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 6,148. In addition, there were 1,114 newly reported cases. So far, 90,084 cases in total have been confirmed while 501,486 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to continue as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has provided guidance to everyone regarding preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) May 19, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 471 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 27 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as of Monday, May 18, 2020, 65 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 5,862. In addition, there were 1,042 newly reported cases. So far, 87,052 cases in total have been confirmed while 469,199 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to continue as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has provided guidance to everyone regarding preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) May 18, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 463 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 27 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as of Sunday, May 17, 2020, 92 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 5,797. In addition, there were 1,077 newly reported cases. So far, 86,010 cases in total have been confirmed while 460,826 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to continue as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has provided guidance to everyone regarding preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) May 15, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 436 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 26 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as of Thursday, May 14, 2020, 167 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 5,482. In addition, there were 1,685 newly reported cases. So far, 82,182 cases in total have been confirmed while 424,361 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Help for Local Business Community from Saugus Planning & Economic Development Department

Dear Saugus Business Community,

In an effort to support local businesses, the Town of Saugus is trying to help and provide updates as soon information becomes available. The Town’s Planning and Economic Development Department, will be the point of contact for the business community. The Department can be reached by contacting Alex Mello, Senior Planner, Phone: (781) 231-4044, email: amello@saugus-ma.gov.

The following is a compilation of information from federal, state and local resources and tools to support businesses in response to economic impacts of COVID-19. The Department will work on and to reach out, innovate, and provide the most up to date information for our local businesses.

What we’re doing …

 

General Resources

Below is a link for the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Businesses here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-resources-and-guidance-for-bu....

Need help thinking about how to adapt your business to these changing times? Check out the Enterprise Center at Salem State University free workshops and other technical business services here: https://enterprisectr.org/.
 

Governor Charlie Baker has issued an emergency order extending the requirement that all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public. Governor Baker's order has been extended until May 18. See the press release  regarding the essential services order, stay-at-home advisory, executive branch employee guidance, and a new Reopening Advisory Board.
 

Reopening Planning and Preparation - Governor Baker announced a four-phased approach to reopening the Massachusetts economy, and published Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards that will apply universally to all workplaces that are open in Phase 1, and are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to employees and customers. Phased reopening (driven by public health indicators and guidance) charts a course to allow some businesses, services, and activities to resume, while protecting public health and limiting a resurgence of new COVID-19 cases. Learn more about the four-phase approach and Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards:

Press release

Reopening Advisory Board’s overview of the four-phase approach

Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards 

The Reopening Advisory Board is scheduled to present a report on the reopening of the Massachusetts economy on May 18th. As has been noted previously, the timelines and rollout of reopening will be anchored in evidence that the public health threat is being effectively managed in Massachusetts. Your Feedback will Help Massachusetts Reopen! The Commonwealth's Reopening Advisory Board has created an online feedback form to enable direct input to help us all reopen safely. Any resident, organization, business, or industry interested in providing feedback to the Board can do so HERE.
 

Retailer Guidelines for Remote Order/Sales - The Governor eased restrictions on retail stores to allow a small number of employees to return to work and help fulfill remote sales/orders under specific safety protocols HERE. The full FAQ for each business type can be found HERE. A report and recommendations on additional reopening procedures are expected on May 18th. 

 

Round 2 PPP Loan is now available! APPLY! The Small Business Administration will begin accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from lenders again today. Businesses who are interested in applying are encouraged to contact their bank immediately. Businesses can also access the SBA’s Find a Lender tool or consult the SBA Massachusetts District Office’s list of participating Paycheck Protection Program lenders. 

 

For individuals who need assistance with navigating this information in other languages, the Mass Growth Capital Corporation has prepared multilingual information about the Payment Protection Program (PPP) and also has a network of multilingual technical assistance providers that can be found HERE.
 

PUA - Pandemic Unemployment Assistance is now available. This program provides unemployment insurance benefits to classifications of workers who would otherwise not be eligible for unemployment benefits. This includes independent contractors, self-employed individuals, gig-economy workers and the like. For more information and how to apply, please visit HERE OR call the Department of Unemployment Assistance call center at (877) 626-6800. The call center is open. Open 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday, 8 a.m–12 p.m. Saturday. Multilingual call agents are available. 
 

REMINDER* - Non-Essential Businesses are to remain closed to workers, customers, and the public. Non-essential businesses are encouraged to operate via remote means if possible. For more information about COVID 19 Essential Services visit HERE.

Federal Assistance

COVID-19 Stimulus Bill - CARES Act (signed into law on 3/27)

The federal government recently enacted the CARES Act, which provides unemployment compensation to individuals not covered under regular Massachusetts unemployment law, including people who are self-employed or paid by 1099’s, those who have recently exhausted their weeks of unemployment benefits, and those who do not have sufficient earnings over the last year to qualify for state unemployment. The CARES Act also extends the number of available weeks of benefits for all claimants, and supplements all claimants’ weekly benefit amount by $600. The MA Department of Unemployment Assistance is fully operational and administering the expanded unemployment benefits, the first state in the country to do so (see above).

Here is what the CARES ACT provides:

Cash assistance for eligible individuals: Eligible individuals will receive $1,200 checks from the federal government, with married couples receiving $2,400 and parents getting $500 for every child younger than 17. The payments would start scaling down for those who earn more than $75,000 annually (or $150,000 for those filing jointly), and any individual with an annual income above $99,000 would not qualify for a check.

Dramatic expansion of Unemployment Insurance benefits: The extended and expanded UI program in this legislation increases the maximum unemployment benefit amount by $600 per week above one’s base unemployment compensation amount, and increases the maximum number of weeks that an individual can receive unemployment benefits from 26 weeks to 39 weeks. It also ensures that all workers can access benefits whether they work for small, medium or large businesses, along with those who are self-employed, independent contractors, or workers in the gig economy. You can read more here.

Forgivable small business loans: The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act. The CARES Act has many other provisions and funding allocated for different programs, some of which may also help small businesses and non-profit organizations. You can read more here.

Small Business Administration COVID Related Programs - 

SBA Paycheck Protection Program Forgivable Loans (PPP)- OPEN for Second Round as of 10:30am on 4.27.2020. See above for more details.

The Paycheck Protection Program is a forgivable loan program designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep workers on the payroll with benefits. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Even if your business is temporarily closed and employees are home (not working), the business can still use this loan to continue to pay employees and employee benefits. Please apply!

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

SBA Express Bridge Loan (EBL) Program 

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020 the U.S. SBA announced SBA Express Bridge Loan (EBL) Pilot Program has been modified and the term extended. The EBL Program is designed to supplement the Agency’s direct disaster loan capabilities and authorizes SBA Express Lenders to provide expedited SBA-guaranteed bridge loan financing on an emergency basis in amounts up to $25,000 for disaster-related purposes to small businesses located in communities affected by Presidentially-declared disasters while those small businesses apply for and await long-term financing (including through SBA’s direct Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program). The Express Bridge Loan Program is available to businesses that have an existing business relationship with an SBA-approved lender; speak to your lender about accessing this option while you await a decision on long-term financing.  

Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program - Currently Not Available for New Applicants (as of 4.27.2020) Businesses who already submitted applications will continue to be processed on a first come first serve basis.

This loan is available to small businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 emergency since Jan. 31, 2020. For businesses who applied for this loan before March 30th, you must re-apply again to specifically request the loan advance of up to $10,000.

More information about the SBA EIDL program is here.

Debt Relief to Small Businesses (SBA)

The SBA is also offering debt relief to small businesses. Under this relief, the SBA will pay the principal and interest for six months beginning March 27th, 2020 for qualifying new and current holders of 7(a) loans.  More information about the SBA Debt Relief program is here.

U.S. Department of Labor Dislocated Worker Grants

Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) of $100 million are available to help address the workforce-related impacts related to COVID-19. Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) of $100 million are available to help address the workforce-related impacts related to COVID-19. The full advisory is here.

Federal Reserve Board - Main Street Lending Program Information - The Federal Reserve Board announced it is expanding the scope and eligibility for the Main Street Lending Program. As part of its broad effort to support the economy, the Federal Reserve developed the Main Street Lending Program to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the pandemic.

 

When the initial terms of Main Street were announced, the Board indicated that, because the financial needs of businesses vary widely, it was seeking feedback from the public on potential refinements. More than 2,200 letters from individuals, businesses, and nonprofits were received. In response to the public input, the Board decided to expand the loan options available to businesses, and increased the maximum size of businesses that are eligible for support under the program. The changes include:

 

Creating a third loan option, with increased risk sharing by lenders for borrowers with greater leverage;

Lowering the minimum loan size for certain loans to $500,000; and

Expanding the pool of businesses eligible to borrow.

 

Under the new loan option, lenders would retain a 15 percent share on loans that when added to existing debt do not exceed six times a borrower's income, adjusted for interest payments, taxes, and depreciation and other appropriate adjustments. This compares to the existing loan options where lenders retain a 5 percent share on loans, but have different features. Under all of the loan options, lenders will be able to apply their industry-specific expertise and underwriting standards to best measure a borrower's income. In total, three loan options—termed new, priority, and expanded—will be available for businesses.

 

Additionally, businesses with up to 15,000 employees or up to $5 billion in annual revenue are now eligible, compared to the initial program terms, which were for companies with up to 10,000 employees and $2.5 billion in revenue. The minimum loan size for two of the options was also lowered to $500,000 from $1 million. With the changes, the program will now offer more options to a wider set of eligible small and medium-size businesses. The Board recognizes the critical role that nonprofit organizations play throughout the economy and is evaluating a separate approach to meet their unique needs. For more information click here.

Congressman Moulton’s Business Resource Guide

CARES ACT

Paycheck Protection Program Loans

SBA Small Business Debt Relief Programs - 7(a), 504, and microloans

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Economic Injury Grants

Business counseling, training, and mentorship.

Government contractor information
https://moulton.house.gov/imo/media/doc/smallbiz.pdf

State Assistance

Mass Growth Capital Corporation Small Business Recovery Loan Fund

Within the first three days that this loan was available, there were 2,500 applications filed and more than $135 million requested. The need continues to be overwhelming. At this time the Mass Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) is no longer accepting applications the Small Business Recovery Loan Fund as of March 19, 2020 at 12:30pm. The Commonwealth is working closely with the U.S. SBA to strongly advocate to help small businesses across the Commonwealth.

It is recommended at this time for businesses to apply for the U.S. Small Business Administration loan program. For businesses that were able to apply to the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation Fund, the Commonwealth encourages you to also apply for additional U.S. SBA EIDL support. For more information about the U.S. SBA EIDL loan program see above.

Massachusetts Rapid Response Program (Pre-Layoff Intervention)

For companies and employees experiencing a layoff or closing, the Massachusetts Department of Career Services uses a Rapid Response team to identify exact needs of a company in crisis and help the company establish partnerships with other organizations and networks to try to reduce the possibility of layoffs or closure. For more information and support for employers and staff during a difficult business closure transition, please see: https://www.mass.gov/prevent-layoffs-with-rapid-response

Massachusetts Workshare Program (Layoff Prevention)

For employers who are interested in avoiding layoffs, this program is an alternative for employers faces with a cut in workforce. Employers can divide available work between affected employees instead of laying off workers. It also allows employees to receive a part of their unemployment insurance (UI) benefits while working reduced hours. This program helps employers avoid layoffs and helps employees to avoid full unemployment. WorkShare also allows employers to:

Increase cash flow

Keep skilled, trained workers

Reduce future hiring and retraining costs

Avoid disruption in business operations

Be prepared for future business growth

Maintain worker productivity

For more information about this program and to apply: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-workshare.
 

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office Announces Pro Bono Legal Support - The AG’s Office joined a coalition of law firms, nonprofits, and government agencies—led by Ropes & Gray, Lawyers for Civil Rights, and Lawyers Clearinghouse—to launch the COVID Relief Coalition to provide vulnerable businesses and mission-driven organizations with pro bono legal support. Visit the AG’s COVID-19 resource page for information about how the AG’s Office can provide support during this crisis. Click here.

Unemployment Information 

Unemployment Virtual Town Hall: The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) hosts daily town hall meetings to guide attendees through the process to achieve a successful unemployment claim and to answer questions. Read more at https://www.mass.gov/forms/massachusetts-department-of-unemployment-assi...

Apply for unemployment benefits here

For individuals with disabilities, special needs, and language barriers who need to speak with an agent to apply for unemployment benefits, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/forms/covid-19-department-of-unemployment-assistanc...  

MassHire is a state entity that provides connections between businesses and jobseekers though a statewide network of employment professionals. If you are business who needs to hire additional employees to meet business demand or if you are a worker looking for employment and assistance, MassHire can provide services to meet your needs.

MassHire for employers: https://www.mass.gov/topics/masshire-for-businesses

MassHire for workers: https://www.mass.gov/topics/masshire-for-jobseekers

There are several companies looking for employees including but not limited to CVS, Amazon, and Stop and Shop.

Tax Relief - On Wednesday, March 18, 2020 the Baker-Polito Administration announced administrative tax relief measures for small local businesses which have been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, especially in the restaurant and hospitality sectors. Please see below for more details:

Sales and Use Taxes: Due dates for the filing of returns and making payments for sales and use taxes have been changed for some vendors. Review the details of the emergency regulation amendment.

Room Occupancy Excise for operators: Due dates for the filing of returns, and making payments, for room occupancy excise have been changed for some operators. This does not apply to intermediaries. Review the details of the emergency regulation amendment.

Meals Tax and Room Occupancy Excise: Late File and Late Pay Penalties will be waived for meals vendors, operators, and intermediaries that do not qualify for the relief mentioned above under “Room Occupancy Excise for operators.” See Technical Information Release 20-2 for details.

State income tax filing deadline: Has been pushed back to July 15 (to align with the federal income tax filing deadline).

Local Assistance

 

National Grid

 

National Grid is currently offering a number of assistance programs and deferred payment options for their customers. The utility has created a list of national and state resources and programs to support their business customers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please visit their respective pages for their gas and electric customers.

 

National Grid, Electric: https://www.nationalgridus.com/MA-Business/COVID19/COVID19

National Grid, Gas: https://www.nationalgridus.com/MA-Gas-Business/COVID19/COVID19

Local Banks and Credit Unions

If you are a customer of a local bank or credit union, please speak with financial institution to ask about flexible payment options or loan information. As of March 17, 2020, The Division of Banks are encouraging financial institutions to work with affected customers and communities because such efforts serve the long-term interest of communities and the financial system. Some local financial institutions are offering the following to all customers:

Loans

Flexible payment options on a case-by-case basis

Increasing ATM daily cash withdrawal limits

Easing restrictions on cashing out-of-state and non-customer checks

Increasing credit card limits for creditworthy borrowers

Offering payment accommodations, such as allowing borrowers to defer, or skip some payments, or extend the payment due day, which would avoid delinquencies and negative credit bureau reporting caused by COVID-19 related disruptions on a case-by-case basis.

Waiving the following types of fees such as

 ATM fees for customers and non-customers

Overdraft fees

Late payment fees on credit cards and other loans

Early withdrawal penalties on time deposits

Real Estate and/or Personal Property Tax Bills

The due date of your real and personal property tax bill has been extended to June 1, 2020.  June 1, 2020 is the new due date even if the due date for payment on your previously mailed tax bill is May 1, 2020. The due date for applications for property tax exemptions has also been extended to June 1, 2020. June 1, 2020 is the new due date even if the due date for applications or previously mailed tax bill is April 1, 2020.

All interest and other penalties for late payment of any excise, tax, betterment assessment or apportionment thereof, water rate or sewer use or other charge added to a tax for any payments with a due date on or after March 10, 2020 are hereby waived where payment is made late but before June 30, 2020. This applies to late payments of bills that have a due date of March 10, 2020 or after, when such bills are paid late but paid on or before June 30. This waiver of interest does not apply to bills with due dates before March 10, 2020 or if the bill is not paid by June 30.

For anyone having financial difficulties in making payments by the deadlines listed above, please either call us at (781) 231-4135 or send an email to treasurer@saugus-ma.gov. Our Treasurer / Collector may develop a payment plan based on your individual circumstances, but they do need to operate under state law where interest charges and penalties will apply to payments made after June 30, 2020.

NOTE - If the municipal offices are closed on June 1, 2020 as a result of Covid-19 or the declaration of a state of emergency issued by the Governor on March 10, 2020, the due dates for tax payments and applications for exemptions are not extended further, under Section 10(b) of the Act.

GENERAL COVID-19 Information

Town COVID-19 Information- Everything you need to know: https://www.saugus-ma.gov/home/urgent-alerts/town-saugus-update-compost-...

State COVID-19 page: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information

Small Business Administration: https://www.sba.gov/

 

Sincerely,

Alexander Mello, Senior Planner

Planning and Economic Development Department

Phone: (781) 231-4044 

amello@saugus-ma.gov  

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) May 14, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 434 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 24 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as of Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 174 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 5,315. In addition, there were 1,165 newly reported cases. So far, 80,497 cases in total have been confirmed while 410,032 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) May 13, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 432 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 23 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 174 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 5,315. In addition, there were 1,165 newly reported cases. So far, 80,497 cases in total have been confirmed while 410,032 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) May 11, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 424 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 22 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as Monday, May 11, 2020, 129 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 5,108. In addition, there were 669 newly reported cases. So far, 78,462 cases in total have been confirmed while 394,728 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Compost Site Reopening

(Saugus, MA) May 8, 2020 – The Town of Saugus is announcing that the Compost Site is reopening Tuesday, May 12, 2020.  After a brief closure due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Town is resuming services at the Site but with new hours and by appointment only.  Residents will be required to adhere to the CDC and MDPH guidelines regarding gatherings, social distancing, and face coverings while visiting the Site.  The Town is concerned about the health and safety of our residents and employees and the Town is requiring that the COVID-19 orders of Governor Baker and the Saugus Board of Health be followed at all times.  

The Site will be open by appointment only for the residents Monday thru Saturday 7:30am – 2:30pm for a trial period for the next couple of weeks. The appointments will be every 10 minutes.  Residents can call Solid Waste and Recycling Department (781) 231-4036.  The Town reserves the right to make adjustments as this is implemented.

The site is located behind the Department of Public Works at 515 Main Street.

Residents will not be required to have a Compost site sticker at this time.  Please be prepared to show a valid identification for proof of residency.  The Town will not be selling Compost stickers at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.    

Yard waste must be disposed of in brown compost bags or open containers. The Town will accept grass clippings, leaves, and brush. As in years past, no branches or limbs larger than three inches in diameter are permitted.

The Town thanks everyone for their understanding and cooperation during these challenging times.

Residents may call Lorna Cerbone at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 781-231-4036 for an appointment or with questions or for more information.

For more information about the Town of Saugus, visit www.saugus-ma.gov.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) May 8, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 396 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 20 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as Thursday, May 7, 2020, 132 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 4,552. In addition, there were 1,696 newly reported cases. So far, 73,721 cases in total have been confirmed while 351,632 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) May 6, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 388 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 18 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 122 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 4,212. In addition, there were 1,184 newly reported cases. So far, 70,271 cases in total have been confirmed while 333,349 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) May 4, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 336 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 16 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as Sunday, May 3, 2020, 158 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 4,004. In addition, there were 1,824 newly reported cases. So far, 68,087 cases in total have been confirmed while 314,646 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

TOWN OF SAUGUS, MASSACHUSETTS, TOWN MANAGER

DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, a sudden, generally unexpected occurrence of circumstances demanding public action has arisen within the world, country, state and Town of Saugus due to the coronavirus pandemic and other illnesses; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020 the President of the United States has declared a national emergency due to this situation and has directed the agencies of the national government to take appropriate actions; and

WHEREAS, on March 10, 2020 the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts declared that there now exists a state of emergency and has directed the agencies of the state government to take appropriate actions; and

WHEREAS, on March 15, 2020, Governor Baker announced emergency actions to respond to the evolving COVID-19 public health emergency impacting the Commonwealth, including prohibitions on public gatherings of twenty-five or more people and prohibiting on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants from March 17, 2020 until April 6, 2020, as well as suspension of elementary and secondary school educational operations from March 17, 2020 until April 6, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, Governor Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 13, which designated certain COVID-19 Essential Services, as defined in the Order, temporarily closed the bricks-and-mortar premises of businesses and organizations that do not provide COVID-19 Essential Services, and prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people; through April 7, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 31, 2020, Governor Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 21, which amended the earlier list of COVID-19 Essential Services and extended the operation of COVID-19 Order No. 13 through May 4, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on April 28, 2020, Governor Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 30, which extended the provisions of Order No. 13, as amended by Order No. 21, until May 18, 2020; and

WHEREAS, The Town Manager of the Town of Saugus, Massachusetts, upon advice and consolation of his advisors has determined that the situation poses a present, reasonable and imminent danger to public health, safety, or general welfare of the people of Saugus or their property so that it has become necessary for the Town Manager, with such assistance and staff as he deems necessary, to utilize and coordinate the services, equipment, supplies, and facilities of existing departments, offices, and agencies or the community, both locally, regionally, statewide and nationally, if necessary, including the taking or ordinary and extraordinary actions for the purposes of emergency management and emergency functions to protect the public; and

WHEREAS, a Declaration of Emergency and immediate action is needed to prevent, minimize, or mitigate damage to public health, safety, or general welfare of the people of Saugus and the Commonwealth and/or property which may otherwise result from the above described situation; and

WHEREAS, the people of the community of Saugus should be able to depend upon guidance from their Chief Municipal Officials;

NOW THEREFORE, the Town Manager of the Town of Saugus, Massachusetts, hereby declares that as of May 1, 2020 a State of Emergency is declared to exist by the Town Manager and authorizes and directs all Town personnel and agents to take action appropriate to respond to this situation and ratifies, confirms and adopts any related action taken prior to the formal adoption of this Declaration. This Declaration of Emergency shall remain in effect until notice is given, pursuant to the judgment of the Town Manager, that the State of Emergency no longer exists.

Town of Saugus

Scott C. Crabtree

_________________                                     

Scott C. Crabtree, Esquire

Town Manager

                                                                                          

 

TOWN OF SAUGUS BOARD OF HEALTH

DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a highly contagious and potentially fatal respiratory disease, the prevalence of which is increasing rapidly throughout the world, inclusive of the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization designated the COVID-19 outbreak a Pandemic Health Emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 10, 2020, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued a Declaration of a State of Emergency to Respond to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States announced a national declaration of emergency; and

WHEREAS, on March 15, 2020, Governor Baker announced emergency actions to respond to the evolving COVID-19 public health emergency impacting the Commonwealth, including prohibitions on public gatherings of twenty-five or more people and prohibiting on-premises consumption of food or drink at bars and restaurants from March 17, 2020 until April 6, 2020, as well as suspension of elementary and secondary school educational operations from March 17, 2020 until April 6, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, Governor Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 13, which designated certain COVID-19 Essential Services, as defined in the Order, temporarily closed the bricks-and-mortar premises of businesses and organizations that do not provide COVID-19 Essential Services, and prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people; through April 7, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 31, 2020, Governor Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 21, which amended the earlier list of COVID-19 Essential Services and extended the operation of COVID-19 Order No. 13 through May 4, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on April 28, 2020, Governor Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 30, which extended the provisions of Order No. 13, as amended by Order No. 21, until May 18, 2020; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Health of the Town of Saugus, in consultation with the State Department of Public Health has determined that COVID-19 presents a major disaster which poses an immediate threat to public health, safety, and general welfare of people residing both within and outside of Saugus; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Health of the Town of Saugus have determined that immediate public action is needed in order to prevent or minimize the spread of  COVID-19 by and among the people of Saugus; and

WHEREAS, it is critical to take additional steps to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to protect the health and welfare of the people of Saugus; and

WHEREAS, declaring a state of emergency will facilitate and expedite the use of resources to protect persons from the impacts of COVID-19, including but not limited to emergency expenditures pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44, Section 31 and limitations on operating hours and access to public buildings; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Health of the Town of Saugus recommended that a state of emergency be declared in the Town of Saugus;

WHEREAS, declaring a public health state of emergency pursuant to 310 CMR 11.05 will facilitate and expedite the ability of the Board of Health of the Town of Saugus to take action it deems necessary to meet this emergency, including actions pursuant to M.G.L. c. 111, § 30, 95 through 105 and 122; and

NOW THEREFORE, we, the Board of Health of the Town of Saugus, Massachusetts, hereby declare that as of  Friday May 1, 2020 a state of emergency exists in the Town of Saugus. 

This declaration of emergency shall remain in effect until further notice is given, pursuant to our judgment that the conditions leading to this declaration no longer exist.

            May 1, 2020                                        William Heffernan

Date: _____________________                    ____________________________________

                                                                        Name: William Heffernan

                                                                        Title:    Chair, Board of Health

 

The Saugus Board of Health and Town Manager Declare State of Emergency and Approve Orders in Saugus to Assist in its Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Saugus, MA) May 2, 2020 – Following a National Emergency declaration from the President of the United States and a State of Emergency declaration from the Massachusetts Governor, the Saugus Board of Health approved a Declaration of Emergency in Saugus and approved orders in response to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.  In addition, the Town Manager formalized and declared a State of Emergency for the Town of Saugus.  These measures memorialize and duplicate what Governor Baker has already done back in March.

Furthermore, the Board of Health approved orders that require the undertaking of further precautions to protect others from the spread of COVID-19.  These precautions are requiring face coverings as it relates to entering essential businesses, restaurants or drive-thru services, requiring employees and delivery staff of establishments to wear facial coverings, entering and exiting of residential or commercial building complexes, and prohibiting the improper disposal of gloves, facial coverings, and other materials.  In addition, an order restricting the number of persons in essential business establishments and an order directing all long-term care facilities and nursing homes in Saugus to undertake further precautions to protect others from the spread of COVID-19.    

These important orders will ensure that the necessary protective health steps are taken and that emergency resources are available to continue to assist the public during this uncertain time.  In addition, it will ensure that the community is able to apply or be eligible for additional resources and funding now or that may become available in the future through the Commonwealth or federal government.

With the recommendation of Town Counsel and support from Town Officials, the Board of Health and Town Manager Crabtree have reaffirmed that the COVID-19 pandemic poses a present, reasonable and imminent danger to public health, safety, and general welfare of the people of Saugus.  Due to this danger, it has been deemed necessary for the Town Manager to utilize and coordinate the services, equipment, supplies, and facilities of existing departments, offices, and agencies of the community (both locally, regionally, statewide and nationally, if necessary) for the purposes of emergency management and emergency functions to protect the public health and safety.

The State of Emergency authorizes and directs all Town personnel to continue to take appropriate action to respond to this situation. It also ratifies, confirms and adopts any related action taken prior to the formal implementation of this Declaration.

“These declarations of a State of Emergency in Saugus and approved orders will help the Town to continue to take the necessary measures and to secure the necessary resources to continue to protect the health, safety, and security of the residents and employees of the community,” said Town Manager Crabtree.

Town officials will be spending the weekend and the coming weeks visiting, educating, and assisting establishments in implementation of the new orders in effect in the Town of Saugus.  

This State of Emergency declaration and corresponding action is necessary in order to help prevent, minimize, or mitigate damage to public health, safety, and general welfare of the people of Saugus.

The State of Emergency will remain in effect in Saugus until Town Manager Crabtree announces that it no longer exists.

Residents are reminded that the Health Department, Police, Fire, Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services are here to assist them at any time. If you have any questions, please contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117. Anyone in need of emergency services should contact Saugus Emergency Management at 781-231-4175, or call 911.

This is an evolving situation, and we will adjust our response as circumstances require.  Town Officials will continue to update the community as new information becomes available.  The public’s patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

For more information, contact the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) May 2, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 325 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 13 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as Friday, May 1, 2020, 154 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 3,716. In addition, there were 2,106 newly reported cases. So far, 64,311 cases in total have been confirmed while 289,636 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) May 1, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 321 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 13 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as Thursday, April 30, 2020, 157 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 3,562. So far, 62,205 cases in total have been confirmed while 275,647 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) April 30, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 305 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 13 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 252 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 3,405. So far, 60,265 cases in total have been confirmed while 265,618 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) April 29, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 288 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 11 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 150 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 3,153. So far, 58,302 cases in total have been confirmed while 254,500 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others

Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) April 27, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 270 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 10 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as Sunday, April 26, 2020, 169 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 2,899. So far, 54,938 cases in total have been confirmed while 236,100 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) April 24, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 225 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  According to the Saugus Health Department this includes 1 additional death for a total of 7 deaths in Saugus.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as Thursday, April 23, 2020, 178 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 2,360. So far, 46,023 cases in total have been confirmed while 195,076 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) April 23, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 211 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which includes 2 additional deaths for a total of 6 deaths in Saugus.  The Saugus Health Department reports that the 2 most recent deceased individuals had other underlining health conditions.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those families that have been affected by this health pandemic.     

Massachusetts health officials have announced as Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 221 more people have died in the Commonwealth after contracting COVID-19, bringing the state total to 2,182. So far, 42,944 cases in total have been confirmed while 180,462 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) April 21, 2020 - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the Town of Saugus of 191 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4 deaths.  The Saugus Health Department reports that the deceased were originally suspected but have now been confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19.  The Health Department also reports that the deceased all had other underlining health conditions.   

Massachusetts health officials have announced 152 more people have died after contracting COVID-19, bringing state total to 1,961. So far, 41,199 cases in total have been confirmed while 175,372 people have been tested for the virus.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably during this surge, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) April 19, 2020 - The Saugus Health Department is reporting as of Saturday April 18, 2020 there were 143 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saugus. 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) reported another 156 people have died after contracting the new coronavirus in Massachusetts, health officials said Saturday, the fifth day in a row in which more than 100 deaths were reported.  MDPH reported that Saturday had 10% of the state's deaths from COVID-19 so far is just one day. 

The death toll stands at 1,706, while the tally of people who tested positive numbers 38,077. Another 1,705 were reported today, Sunday, April 19, 2020, by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH).   

Massachusetts is in its coronavirus surge, according to Governor Baker and state officials, and every day since Tuesday, the MDPH has reported new deaths in the triple-digits.

The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably over the next couple of weeks, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) April 17, 2020 - I have been informed that Saugus has 141 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of today April 17, 2020.  The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Saugus.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential, wear a cloth face cover over their face when around others, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings, and to follow the CDC and MDPH guidance.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably over the next couple of weeks, as does every other community in Massachusetts.

Again, this is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these couples of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are her for you.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19 

(Saugus, MA) April 15, 2020 - This is a reminder that as the CDC and MDPH has warned everyone these next couple of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

As of the third week of April, it is being reported that Saugus has 137 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  The Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably over the next couple of weeks, as does every other community in Massachusetts. 

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

  • Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are here for you.

For more information, please call the Saugus Health Department at 781-231-4117 or visit their website at https://www.saugus-ma.gov/board-health; or call the Town Managers Office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree Opts to Help Saugus Taxpayer’s by Extending Due Date to Pay Real and Personal Property Taxes until June 1, 2020

(Saugus, MA) April 13, 2020 – Saugus Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree looking to help Saugus taxpayer by extending the due date for personal and real estate taxes until June 1st.  Crabtree is using a local option to address challenges for local taxpayers resulting from the COVID-19 Crisis. 

The due date of your real and personal property tax bill has been extended to June 1, 2020.  June 1, 2020 is the new due date even if the due date for payment on your previously mailed tax bill is May 1, 2020.

The due date for applications for property tax exemptions has also been extended to June 1, 2020.  June 1, 2020 is the new due date even if the due date for applications or previously mailed tax bill is May 1, 2020.

All interest and other penalties for late payment of any excise, tax, betterment assessment or apportionment thereof, water rate or sewer use or other charge added to a tax for any payments with a due date on or after March 10, 2020 are hereby waived where payment is made late but before June 30, 2020.

“These are tough times for all of us here in Saugus, we need to continue to work as a community and stay healthy and safe.  We will get through this together,” stated Crabtree. 

Questions regarding payments should be directed to the Collector’s Office at 781-231-4135.  Questions regarding assessed values, abatements, or exemptions should be directed to the Assessor’s Office at 781-231-4130.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

(Saugus, MA) April 11, 2020 - This is a reminder that as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has warned everyone the next couple of weeks in Massachusetts are when they expect the peak of the COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. 

We here in Saugus have had more than 50 plus confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the Saugus Health Department expects those numbers to increase considerably over the next couple of weeks, as does every other community in Massachusetts. 

As of today, the DPH has reported more than 22K confirmed cases and more than 680 deaths in the Commonwealth due to the virus.  Essex County has nearly 3000 confirmed cases.

Please follow CDC and MDPH guidance to prevent COVID-19 illness by:

Clean your hands often for at least: 20 seconds

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Stay at least 6 feet between yourself and others

Stay home as much as possible – only leave for essential reasons

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Please stay healthy and please call us with any needs.  We are here for you.

For more information, please call the Saugus Health Department at 781-231-4117 or visit their website at https://www.saugus-ma.gov/board-health; or call the Town Managers Office at 781-231-4111.

 

 

CHARM Center/Compost Site Closed Indefinitely

(Saugus, MA) April 9, 2020 – The Town of Saugus announces that the community’s CHARM Center/Compost/Recycling site will be closed indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns.  This is based on the Governor’s stay-at-home orders and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MDPH) social distancing and other recommendations. 

The Town hopes to open the center up as soon as possible.  A notification will be sent with details when the CHARM Center/Compost Site reopens.  This is a reminder that the Town of Saugus Health Department has received more than 50 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 from the MDPH.  The Health Department is actively investigating and following up on these cases.  The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Town as does in the county, state, and country.  Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the Health Department continues to strongly request that everyone stay at home unless it is essential to go out, practice diligent social distancing, avoid gatherings of more than 10, and to follow the guidelines set up by the MDPH and CDC.

Residents may call Lorna Cerbone at the Solid Waste and Recycling Department at 781-231-4036 with questions or for more information. We thank you for your patience during this time and hope to be open for the season as soon as possible.

 

Town Announces New Safety Policy for all 

Construction Projects along with its Workers

During COVID-19 Pandemic

(Saugus, MA) April 8, 2020 – Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree, in conjunction with Town Officials, is announcing new guidelines for construction and Department of Public Works projects along with all employees within the community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Executive Order, as of April 8, 2020, implements new rules to stop the spread of COVID-19 in order to keep everyone safe.

As part of this Order, workers must demonstrate an absence of COVID-19 symptoms and known exposure. At the start of each day, workers are required to report to their supervisors to certify that they are in compliance.

Job sites must be equipped with hand sanitizers, wash stations, along with cleaning and decontamination procedures; these measures should be implemented immediately. In addition, job sites must adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and follow a no gathering policy. 

If and when social distancing is not possible in a certain situation, workers are to wear proper personal protective equipment supplied by their employer: masks, gloves, and eye protection. 

Under the Executive Order, all projects with ten or more employees require the contractor to establish a Hazard Analysis and Compliance Plan. Plans must elect a designated COVID-19 Compliance Officer and be approved by the Town’s Public Health Director prior to the start of the project.

If these projects do not comply with the Executive Order they will be stopped and shut down immediately. A failure to comply with the policies and procedures included in the Executive Order can result in the loss of any and all pertinent permits. Current permit holders will be notified of the Executive Order by mail via the Health Department/Inspectional Services Department. Larger ongoing projects will be visited on-site and hand-delivered a copy of the Order.

For more information, please call the Saugus Health Department at 781-231-4117 or visit their website at https://www.saugus-ma.gov/board-health

About The Town of Saugus

The Town of Saugus, Massachusetts, is a family-friendly, historic neighborhood Town located along the north shore, ten miles north of Boston. First settled in 1629, Saugus is home to historic sites, top-tier public services, and a thriving business community. Strong community support, a forward-thinking approach to town government, rich recreational opportunities, affordable choices, and easy access to all the amenities that Boston has to offer – they all contribute to make Saugus a Town where businesses flourish and families make their home.

For more information about the Town of Saugus, visit www.saugus-ma.gov.

 

 

COVID-19, April 7th. 

First and foremost, the Town of Saugus’s top priority is the safety of its citizens.  We would like you to know we are here for you and want to know how you are doing. If you have any concerns, questions or issues please call the Town Manager’s Office @781-231-4111.

 

As of the second week of April, there are 51 cases of COVID-19. Those are confirmed positive cases through the Health Department. Based on information provided by  federal, state, and local officials these numbers are set to increase rapidly over the next few weeks.  It is also believed that there are far more cases of COVID-19 in the community that have not been tested or have not received their results as of yet.  

 

The town is urging residents to adhere to the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), as well as complying with Governor Baker’s orders in order to make sure everyone stays safe. 

 

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced an extension of the “stay at home” advisory for all residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until May 4, 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Governor Baker also extended his order that all non-essential businesses must keep their physical workplaces and facilities (brick-and-mortar premises) closed to workers, customers, and the public until May 4, 2020.  You can find the list of businesses that are determined to be COVID-19 Essential Services here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-essential-services as well as a new FAQ page here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services-faqs.

 

The Governor also extended his order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people until May 4, 2020. As we continue to work to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are urging residents of all ages to practice intensive social distancing at all times. We are emphasizing that necessary services such as supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations will remain open during this time.

 

 If you do need to leave your home to visit any of these establishments, you should not bring your family with you. Additionally, restaurants, bars and other retail establishments that sell food to the public will remain open, for take-out and delivery only, provided that they follow social distancing protocols and the prohibition of more than 10 people set forth in the Department of Public Health guidance.

 

Even if your business fits the criteria of a COVID-19 Essential Service put forward by the Governor, it is imperative that all businesses and their employees abide by all of the social distancing and hygiene recommendations below from the CDC & DPH to prevent community spread:

 

Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

 

Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue and dispose of any used materials. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

Stay home if you are sick and call your doctor.

 

Keep your distance from others - about 6 feet.

 

As we work to mitigate this current public health emergency, we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this time.  

Please be safe and know that we will get through this together.

 

 

 

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Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

April 1, 2020
 

First and foremost we would like to know how you are doing.  We want the residents of Saugus to know we are here for you.  If you need any assistance please reach out to us.  Please call the Town Manager’s Office at (781) 231-4111.  We will get through this together.

As of March 31, 2020, I have been informed that Saugus has 24 COVID-19 confirmed positive cases.  Based on information provided by federal, state, and local officials these numbers are set to increase rapidly over the next few weeks.  It is also believed that there are far more cases of COVID-19 in the community that have not been tested or have not received their results as of yet.  The Saugus officials are urging residents to adhere to the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), as well as complying with Governor Baker’s orders.  

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced an extension of the “stay at home” advisory for all residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until May 4, 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Governor Baker also extended his order that all non-essential businesses must keep their physical workplaces and facilities (brick-and-mortar premises) closed to workers, customers, and the public until May 4, 2020.  You can find the list of businesses that are determined to be COVID-19 Essential Services here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-essential-services as well as a new FAQ page here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services-faqs.

The Governor also extended his order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people until May 4, 2020. As we continue to work to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are urging residents of all ages to practice intensive social distancing at all times. We are emphasizing that necessary services such as supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations will remain open during this time. If you do need to leave your home to visit any of these establishments, you should not bring your family with you. Additionally, restaurants, bars and other retail establishments that sell food to the public will remain open, for take-out and delivery only, provided that they follow social distancing protocols and the prohibition of more than 10 people set forth in the Department of Public Health guidance.

Even if your business fits the criteria of a COVID-19 Essential Service put forward by the Governor, it is imperative that all businesses and their employees abide by all of the social distancing and hygiene recommendations below from the CDC & DPH to prevent community spread:

Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue and dispose of any used materials. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Stay home if you are sick and call your doctor.

Keep your distance from others - about 6 feet.

As we work to mitigate this current public health emergency, we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this time.  Please be safe and know that we will get through this together.

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A Message From the Town of Saugus Regarding COVID-19 - March 30, 2020 - Click Here

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19 - March 26, 2020

March 26, 2020 - This week, Governor Baker announced at a press conference that all public and private schools and all non-emergency day care centers will be closed until Monday, May 4th. Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced a two week, “stay at home” advisory for all residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on March 23, 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Grocery Stores, pharmacies, medical facilities and gas stations will remain open.

The Town of Saugus is urging residents to follow the Governor’s Order and stay home to help us slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The number of confirmed cases in Saugus, Essex County, Massachusetts and the country continues to increase steadily as more individuals are tested.  

As of Wednesday March 25, 2020, the Town of Saugus Health Department has received active confirmation from the MDPH that the Town has 8 positive cases of COVID19.  The Health Department is actively investigating and following up on these cases. The Saugus Health Department strongly believes that additional unrecognized cases DO exist in Town as does in the County, State, and Country. Due to the fact that they are undetected, some of these infected individuals may not be properly isolated or quarantined, which is why the Health Department continues to strongly request that everyone practice diligent social distancing and avoid large gatherings and to follow the guidelines set up by the MDPH and CDC.

The Town is here for its residents and urges anyone in need of assistance or has any questions to please contact the Saugus Health Department at 781-231-4117 or the Town Manager’s Office at 781-231-4111.

 

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Saugus —Town Manager Scott Crabtree and the Saugus Health Department is reporting that the Town of Saugus has received notification of additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Saugus.  There are 4 total reported cases of Saugus residents. 

The Town of Saugus was notified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that several Town of Saugus residents recently tested positive. Test results typically are provided by MDPH to the Local Board of Health.

The Saugus positive cases as of March 22, 2020 were included in the 525 cases announced by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) officials on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

The Town of Saugus is asking parents to avoid sending kids to the parks and play areas that the virus may be transmitted and/or social distancing cannot be maintained pursuant to the Governor and Saugus Health Departments orders.  Fields, tennis courts, and recreational amenities that promote large gatherings, as well as structures with surfaces that could allow for the transmission of viruses, are closed to public use in Saugus.  Basketball courts, tennis courts, and other fields have been locked where applicable for the safety of the public.  Permits for organized use have been suspended through Tuesday, April 7th. 

Important protective measures to be aware of contained in the Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Order No. 13:

ORDER ASSURING CONTINUED OPERATION OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES IN THE COMMONWEALTH, CLOSING CERTAIN WORKPLACES, AND PROHIBITING GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE

See website and order by clicking here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-23-2020-essential-services-and-revised-ga...

 

See list of all Public Health Orders and Guidance issued During the State of Emergency;

https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-23-2020-essential-services-and-revised-ga...

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-state-of-emergency

 

Key Public Health Messages for All Residents:

Protect yourself by following public health advice about keeping your hands clean and covering coughs and sneezes.

Stay home if you are sick. If you need to consult a health care provider, call ahead first or use telehealth services.

Protect others who are most at risk of COVID-19 by keeping your distance from people (at least 6 feet away from others), especially those who are older, and people living with chronic health conditions.

If you are outside, avoid crowds.

Don’t shake hands or hug.

Stay connected to friends and loved ones by phone or through other technology.

Get information from trusted sources. Visit https://www.mass.gov/covid19

for the latest news, case counts, and lab testing results.

Practice Social Distancing

 There is a new video on Social Distancing specifically targeted specifically at youth.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DwOdh_wNi4&feature=youtu.be

The Town Saugus will continue working and preparing to respond to the coronavirus situation. As federal and state guidance changes hourly, Town Officials continue meeting regularly, and will continue with adopting plans and procedures to ensure safety and continuity of municipal services. The Saugus Heath Department will continue to monitor the global spread of COVID-19 and continue to keep residents informed.

For more information on COVID-19, visit the Town of Saugus Health Department page or call the health department at 781-231-4117. You may also visit the MDPH's website by clicking here https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus...

and the CDC's website by clicking here.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Additional updates will be provided as information becomes available.

 

Town of Saugus Update Regarding COVID-19 - March 19, 2020

Saugus has one adult presumed positive COVID-19 case. This resident is currently recovering at home and will be monitored and supported by local public health officials.  As we know this is a rapidly changing environment, however, and we do expect to eventually experience positive cases in Saugus.  The Saugus Board of Health/Health Department continues to work closely with MDPH and the CDC to get any new and updated information out to our residents as soon as we receive it.  Recently Governor Baker declared a State of Emergency with declarations.  In addition, Governor Baker announced that all child care facilities will be closing as of Monday, March 23rd.  https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-public-health

 

Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree Announces New Measures Implemented to Help Prevent the Potential Spread of COVID-19 and Prioritize the Health and Safety of the Residents of Saugus

(Saugus, MA) March 18, 2020 – Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree announces that the Town of Saugus has implemented new measures in order to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the community and to prioritize and protect the health and safety of the residents of Saugus.  Town Manager Crabtree has hired multiple new staff members and increased the hours of some current staff in order to better assist the public and employees during this ongoing global pandemic, in addition to other newly implemented measures. In addition, the Town has submitted an initial needs assessment survey to request immediate state funding for assistance for the Town of Saugus/Board of Health to support local efforts to respond to the Coronavirus situation.   

Among the new staff are an additional public health nurse for Saugus, Tracy Nicholas, and a former Director of Public Health of many years, Joe Tabbi, who will be assisting the Saugus Board of Health and Health Department during these extraordinary times.  The Town has also increased the hours of the Town’s current public health nurse, Mary McKenzie.  

Tracy Nicholas is a Masters prepared Licensed Registered Nurse with over 25 years of public health and school nursing experience, including as a clinical nurse educator. She worked as a public health nurse for 15 years, during which time she developed Town-wide emergency plans, identified community health needs, and health promotion programs. Ms. Nicholas is now working for the Town of Saugus Monday through Friday and as needed. 

Joe Tabbi brings many years of experience in Public Health to the Town of Saugus. He previously worked as the Director of Public Health here in Saugus for 18 years, and then he worked as the Director of Public Health in Winchester for 18 years. Joe Tabbi is working for the Town of Saugus Monday through Friday and as needed, assisting the Town’s Interim Health Director. 

Town Manager Crabtree has also hired two additional custodians for the Town of Saugus. All municipal buildings have been and will continue to be sanitized and thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. 

While this current public health crisis is a constantly evolving situation and State and Federal guidelines and policies are changing on a daily basis, residents are advised to continue to adhere to the recommendations of the Federal Government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). 

The Town Manager is meeting regularly with Police, Fire, Emergency Management, and members of the Health Department and Board of Health to continue to monitor this evolving situation. Town officials will continue to update the public as needed and as they are provided guidance from state and federal officials and agencies.  If you have any questions, please contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117. Anyone in need of emergency services should contact Saugus Emergency Management at 781-231-4175, or call 911. 

“The health and safety of the residents and employees of Saugus is our top priority during this uncertain time. The Town of Saugus is here to assist the community in any way. Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns,” said Town Manager Crabtree.

Earlier this week, Town Manager Crabtree announced that all municipal buildings in Saugus have been closed to the public out of an abundance of caution in order to help mitigate the potential spread of the virus and to ensure the safety of the residents of Saugus. Residents can still call or email all Town departments during normal business hours. Residents are also encouraged to use online services during this time. 

In order to best protect residents and employees, the Town is undertaking the following additional steps regarding public safety matters:

  • Starting today, Wednesday, March 18, there will be limited public access to the Public Safety Building. Anyone in need of emergency services should call 911.
  • Abuse Prevention Order applications will still be available. Those looking to fill out the applications should call ahead, if possible, before coming to the department.
  • All records requests should be accessed through the Saugus Police Department website, by telephone, or by mail. You can access the website online at www.sauguspd.com, or you can call the offices at (781) 941-1126 or (781) 941-1125.
  • Prescription drop off, sharp disposal, and fingerprinting have all been temporarily suspended.
  • Civil Police Academy and use of the training room has also been suspended until further notice.
  • Firearms licensing will be conducted by mail only until further notice. Firearms applications should be mailed to Firearms Licensing Officer, 27 Hamilton St., Saugus, MA 01906.
  • All other activity can be conducted over the phone. Non-emergency questions and routine business calls can be made at (781) 941-1183.

For the foreseeable future, parking appeals will not be done in person. Parking ticket appeals must be done in writing or online.

The Treasurer's Office takes payments for parking tickets, or can assist with appeal options. Treasurer's Office staff cannot reduce or negate tickets. This can only be done through an appeal. You have 21 days from the date of issue of the ticket to make payment or appeal.

Options to appeal a ticket are as follows:

  • Schedule an appointment for an in-person hearing. Hearings are held every other Monday. To make an in-person appeal appointment, please call (781) 231-4135. Your ticket will go on hold until you have had the opportunity to speak with the Parking Hearings Officer.
  • Make a hand written appeal, which will waive your in-person hearing option. The ticket will be placed on hold until the next review or hearing date and you will be notified by mail or email with the Hearing Officer’s resolution. You can mail your appeal letter with a copy of your ticket (and a copy of your HP placard (if applicable)) to Town of Saugus, Parking Hearings Officer, 298 Central Street, Suite 5, Saugus, MA 01906. Forms are available online on the Treasurer’s Office website.
  • You can make an online appeal online, which will waive your in-person hearing option. Once you are on the Police Department website, go to 'I would like to appeal my parking ticket' and upload pictures or a detailed letter to go with your appeal. The ticket will be placed on hold until the next review or hearing date. You will be notified by email with the Hearing Officer’s resolution.
  • Further appeals must be requested through the Essex County Superior Court and can be done by calling (978) 744-5500. An additional filing fee will required to submit a Judicial Court Review.

Once the Town of Saugus Hearings Officer has made his decision, he will not review again.

During this time, the Town is also exploring and working to implement virtual meeting platforms. More information on this will be announced as it is available. 

Residents are reminded to continue to adhere to the following preventative measures recommended by the State:

  • Wash hands often;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • Clean things that are frequently touched;
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze;
  • Stay at home if you are sick;
  • Older adults and those with health issues are urged to avoid large crowds. Individuals who live in households with vulnerable people, like elderly parents, should also consider avoiding crowds;
  • Think ahead about how to take care of yourself and loved ones if the virus starts spreading in the community.

The Health Department, Police, Fire, Emergency Management and our Emergency Medical Services are here to assist the residents of Saugus.  If you have any questions, please contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117. Anyone in need of emergency services should contact Saugus Emergency Management at 781-231-4175, or call 911.

This is an evolving situation, and we will adjust our response as circumstances require.  Town Officials will continue to update the community as new information becomes available.  The public’s patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

For more information, contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117 and/or the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree Announces Precautions to Mitigate the Potential Spread of COVID-19

Municipal Buildings Closed to the Public Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020

(Saugus, MA) March 16, 2020 – Upon evaluating COVID-19 (Coronavirus) recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree announces that all municipal buildings in Saugus will be closed to the public starting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 out of an abundance of caution in order to help mitigate the potential spread of the virus and to ensure the safety of the residents of Saugus. 

The following municipal buildings will be closed to the public: Town Hall, Town Hall Annex, the Senior Center, Saugus Public Library, the Department of Public Works, Youth and Recreation and Saugus Public Schools. 

Residents can still call or email all Town departments during normal business hours. Residents are also encouraged to use online services during this time. 

As has been widely reported, the number of cases in Massachusetts and nationally increases daily. Public health professionals advise dramatic action to slow the spread of this virus and to minimize the impact on the most vulnerable segments of the population. 

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Governor Baker announced that gatherings of over 25 people are prohibited throughout the Commonwealth. “Gatherings subject to this Order include, without limitation, community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based events, sporting events with spectators, concerts, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, festivals, and any similar event or activity that brings together 25 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time in a venue such as an auditorium, stadium, arena, large conference room, meeting hall, theatre, gymnasium, fitness center, private club, or any other confined indoor or outdoor space,” state Baker’s Orders. 

Governor Baker’s Orders also state that, “Any restaurant, bar, or establishment that offers food or drink shall not permit on-premises consumption of food or drink; provided that such establishments may continue to offer food for take-out and by delivery provided that they follow the social distancing protocols set forth in Department of Public Health Guidance.”

In compliance with these orders, the Town of Saugus has joined numerous surrounding communities in making the decision to close municipal buildings to the public during this time in an effort to combat this pandemic through social distancing, community mitigation, and public health intervention.

The Town of Saugus has hired an additional public health nurse for Saugus and has increased the hours of the Town’s current public health nurse.  In addition, we have hired another individual, a former Director of Public Health, to assist the Saugus Board of Health and health department during these extraordinary times. 

In order to best protect residents and employees, the Town is undertaking the following steps:

  • Saugus Town Hall: Town Hall will be closed to the public beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
    • Town Clerk:
      • The Town Clerk’s office will be processing all Vitals Records via mail.  Please submit a mail-In request form or a letter requesting Birth, Death or Marriage Certificates and enclose a check or money for $10.00 (each copy) with a self-addressed stamped envelope.  The Mail in request form can be found on the Town’s website under the Town Clerk’s page. The vital records request will be processed and mailed back to you.  
      • The Town Clerk’s Office will be processing Dog Licenses via mail.  Please submit your dog application and a copy of your rabies certificate with a check with the appropriate fee of $12.00 or $15.00 per dog and with a self-addressed stamped envelope.  The dog license will be processed and mailed back to you.  
      • The Town Clerk’s Office will be accepting Marriage Licenses by appointment only.  If you are getting married within the next 60 and require a marriage license, please call the Town Clerk’s office during Town Hall hours at 781-231-4102/4103/4104 to schedule an appointment to come to Town Hall to complete the forms.   Cost is $30.00 cash or check only.
      • All voter registration can be down on line at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ 
      • Please call the Town Clerk’s office for any other questions.
    • Treasurer/Collector: Bills can be paid online through the Town website at https://www.saugus-ma.gov/treasurer-collector/pages/bill-pay or drop off in the white mailbox out front of Town Hall. 
    • Veterans' Services: The Veterans Food Market has been cancelled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Veterans in need are encouraged to visit the food pantry at the Cliftondale Congregational Church, located at 50 Essex Street, every Friday from 9:30-11:30 AM.
  • Senior Center: The Senior Center will be closed through Sunday, March 29, 2020, unless otherwise announced.  Senior Center staff will remain available by phone during normal Senior Center hours, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., to assist Saugus seniors in any way possible. Call 781-231-4178 with any questions or for assistance.  
  • Saugus Public Library: The Saugus Public Library will be closed through Saturday, March 28, 2020, unless otherwise announced. Item due dates and fine accruals were frozen as of 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Patrons may return Library items to the drop boxes located adjacent to the Central Street and Taylor Street entrances. Staff will be available to answer phone calls and respond to voicemails and emails as they come in. For assistance, please call 781-231-4168. 
  • Department of Public Works: The Department of Public Works will be closed to the public starting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. For assistance, please call 781-231-4145. 
  • Youth and Recreation: The Youth and Recreation Department will be closed through Friday, March 27, 2020, unless otherwise announced.  All sports activities are suspended for a minimum of 30 days. The Summer Parks Program, Middle School Summer Program, and various summer sports activities are still planned; however, that is dependent on the evolution of the current health situation. For assistance, call 781-231-4022. 
  • Saugus Public Schools: Governor Baker announced on Sunday, March 15, 2020, that all schools throughout the Commonwealth are to close for a three-week period, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Saugus Public Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until Monday, April 6, 2020, unless otherwise announced. Contact the Superintendent’s office at 781-231-5000 x117 with any questions or concerns. 

Residents are reminded of the following preventative measures recommended by the state that they should take:

  • Wash hands often;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • Clean things that are frequently touched;
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze;
  • Stay at home if you are sick;
  • Older adults and those with health issues are urged to avoid large crowds. Individuals who live in households with vulnerable people, like elderly parents, should also consider avoiding crowds;
  • Think ahead about how to take care of yourself and loved ones if the virus starts spreading in the community.

The Health Department, Police, Fire, Emergency Management and our Emergency Medical Services are here to assist the residents of Saugus.  If you have any questions please contact the Saugus Health Department at (781) 231-4117. Anyone in need of emergency services should contact Saugus Emergency Management at 781-231-4175, or call 911.

This is an evolving situation, and we will adjust our response as circumstances require.  Town Officials will continue to update the community as new information becomes available.  The public’s patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

For more information, contact the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.

 

Feeling Sick?

March 11, 2020

Although there are currently no presumptive cases of COVID – 19 in Saugus, Town officials continue to closely follow the guidance issued by the state and federal governments. Town of Saugus officials including Health, Police, Fire, Emergency Management, Schools, Parks and Recreation, Senior Center Services, Human Resources, Library, and Administration will collaborate in a planning and response meeting to discuss the impacts of Governor Baker’s declaration of a State of Emergency as well as next steps for the Town of Saugus.

Based on the state’s actions cancelling in-person conferences, seminars and other discretionary gatherings scheduled and hosted by Executive Branch agencies involving external parties, residents should expect disruption to discretionary Town and School-sponsored activities, and to non-Town/School sponsored activities scheduled to be held at Town or School buildings over the next 30 days.  Information regarding specific cancellations or postponements will be issued by the activity’s sponsor or host.  It is important to note that Town government and departments remain in operation.

This is an evolving situation, and we will adjust our response as circumstances require.  Town Officials will continue to update the community as new information becomes available.  The public’s patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Residents are reminded of the following preventative measures recommended by the state that they should take:

Wash your hands often

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Clean things that are frequently touched

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze

Stay at home if you are sick

Older adults and those with health issues are urged to avoid large crowds and events. Individuals who live in households with vulnerable people, like elderly parents, should also consider avoiding crowds.

Think ahead about how to take care of yourself and loved ones if the virus starts spreading in the community.

 

Scott C. Crabtree, Esq., Town Manager

 

For more information regarding COVID-19 as issued from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, please click here: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus...

For a flyer recently issued by MDPH, please click here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/stop-the-spread-of-germs-respiratory-diseases-l...

The DPH webpage at https://www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-co... the following:

-Overview

-Information for travelers arriving in the United States

-What is coronavirus?

-How do coronaviruses spread?

-What do we know about the source and spread of COVID-19?

-Prevention

-Treatment

-Guidance and recommendations

-Printable fact sheets

-For more information

For additional information from the CDC, please visit this page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html 

The MDPH and CDC websites are updated on a regular basis, and additional local information will be posted on this page as it becomes available.