COVID-19 Information Center
- March 24 BOS Temporary Emergency Policy Directive for Public Meetings and Remote Participation
- BoH Order regarding closure of town fields March 2020
- BoH order regarding ban of personal care services
- Department of Fire Services - Smoke Detector Inspection Memo - 3/20/20
- Food Resources Update
- March 2020 Declaration of Local Emergency
- Signed Essential Services and Revised Gatherings Order - March 23, 2020
- DPH Assemblage Guidance - March 23, 2020
- Exhibit A Essential Services Listings - March 23, 2020
Department and Service Updates
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- Public Health
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- Community Resources
- Nursing Services
- Public Safety
- Public Works
- Transfer Station
- Senior Center
- Veterans Services
- Business Resources
- Additional Resources
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health has published several emergency orders which are published at http://www.mass.gov.
- The Board stated that all portable bathrooms and public bathrooms, not in support of essential services, shall remain closed during this public health emergency.
- The Household Hazardous Waste Day scheduled for May 9th has been postponed to a date to be determined.
- Personal care services such as barber shops nail salons are closed per order of Board of Health The Board of Health banned the use of cold bars, hot bars, buffets or self-service type foods at all grocery and convenience stores.
- Per order of the Board of Health, all playgrounds and playing fields are closed until further notice.
- The Board of Health would like to remind residents to wash reusable bags after each use as the virus can live within the bag.
- If anyone displays symptoms of COVID-19 (including a fever, cough, or shortness of breath), they should not report to work or school and they are advised to contact their primary care physician.
- Allow distance (at least or about 6 feet) between yourself and others, especially where COVID-19 has been confirmed in surrounding communities. This is especially important for anyone over 60 years old, and anyone with underlying medical concerns that may put them at a higher risk of contraction of the virus.
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus, which is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
- People in close contact with others (within about 6 feet)
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs
Acton’s Annual Town Meeting scheduled for April 6th has been postponed and a new date will be determined by the Board of Selectmen.
- Acton’s Annual Town Election has been postponed until June 2, 2020 which is also the new date for the Special State Election. Voters are encouraged to vote by mail through absentee or early voting. For more details go to http://actonma.gov/elections
- The Board of Health have ordered that all portable bathrooms and public bathrooms, not in support of essential services, shall remain closed during this public health emergency.
- The Finance Department published COVID-19 related FAQs on its web page: https://actonma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6282/COVID-19-FAQ-Finance-3-23-2020?bidId=
- The Board of Selectmen and Board of Health have both voted to declare a local state of emergency in Acton.
Human Services and Senior Center Facility, Acton Memorial Library, West Acton Citizens Library, Recreation Offices, and Town Hall will be closed to the public until further notice.
Government operations for the Town of Acton will continue while all offices in the above-mentioned buildings will be closed to the public.
The transfer station remains open for normal operating hours with certain limitations to in place to practice social distancing.
Building inspections will continue on a limited basis. More information: https://www.acton-ma.gov/114/Building
A new guide to available food resources is available: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6272/Food-Resources-Update
Questions around fuel assistance eligibility & utility shut-off prevention please contact the Community Resources Office at (978) 929-6651 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District is providing bagged lunches for citizens in need. Lunches can be picked up in front of the high school from 11:30 - 1:00 on weekdays. The Acton-Boxborough Neighbor Brigade will be helping deliver meals strictly to families that are homebound due to extreme situations such as lack of transportation or self-isolating / quarantine due to COVID-19. If you are in need of food provided by the schools to be delivered to your residence please either call the toll free number or send a message to the email address listed below by March 27th. If you communicate in a language other than English, please use email and we will have your information translated.
Phone - (866) 896-3599 The toll-free number will be voicemail only so please leave your first and last name, your address, phone number and how many people reside in the home. You do not need to have children in the schools, but if you do, please include your children’s first and last name. Your food will be delivered during the regularly scheduled days when the school is distributing meals from the high school.
Email - email@example.com Please email us and include the following details in your message: your first and last name, your address, phone number and how many people reside in the home. Your food will be delivered during the regularly scheduled days when the school is distributing meals from the high school.
There is still a need for additional volunteers to process phone and email messages, and to deliver meals. If you are available, please register to become a Neighbor Brigade here: https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/736c9c97-f266-406b-a899-a1d9e72f88d9/1 .
To better meet the needs of residents whose employment has been affected by the COVID-19, the Department of Unemployment Assistance will be hosting daily town hall meetings to help constituents achieve a successful unemployment claim. DUA will also take questions from claimants across the Commonwealth. (Find Out How To Participate)
Appointments within the Acton Nursing Services office will be rescheduled for a later date as information and the COVID-19 situation continues to update. For concerns or questions please call 978-929-6650
Home Health Care visits will continue with current clients as well as new clients who are referred to Acton Nursing Services. Be advised that per guidance for Home Health Agencies all clients will receive a call prior to a home visit to assess their and any household member’s health status related to COVID-19. If you are a current client of Acton Nursing Services or if anyone within your household has a fever, cough or shortness of breath please call our office number at 978-929-6650 to report these or other concerning symptoms.
- While the Acton Memorial Library remains temporarily closed to the public, all fines will be waived for items that become due while the building is closed. Please do not return items until the library reopens.
All physical items, including museum passes, will not be available to check out while the facility is closed. Residents are encouraged to explore the digital content available through the library. Visit actonmemoriallibrary.org/eresources for more information on borrowing e-books, audiobooks, video, and more.
If you have questions about these services, please call 978-929-6543 and leave a message, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and a library staff member will get back to you.
We are actively practicing social distancing at the Public Safety Facility. While the building will remain open for emergencies, we ask that you please call our business line 978-929-7711 for all police matters. For general questions regarding Covid-19, please call the state 211 hotline.
We are taking more reports over the phone and if we do respond to your home we will try and keep our distance for everyone’s safety
The MedReturn bin has been temporarily removed from the lobby of the PSF
The Transfer Station facility is open to the public during normal hours of operation for the time being.
The Transfer Station is only accepting recyclables and municipal solid waste.
- There will be no monetary transactions, sticker sales or material that requires handling by staff allowed at the facility.
The swap shop is not open.
We ask residents to practice appropriate social distancing at the facility.
We ask the residents to dispose of their recyclables and trash expeditiously, avoid hanging around the facility and no picking through the material. We are trying to minimize the delays and vehicular backups onto Route 2 on Saturday.
- The transfer station is operating at normal hours with restrictions in place to implement social distancing practices.
- Business Hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 8 AM to 3 PM; Friday: 7 AM to 3 PM; Saturday: 7 AM to 4:30 PM
- Please contact us via phone (978-929-7742) with any questions.
- All municipal playgrounds are closed until further notice. Walking trails and open space areas remain open.
The Senior Center and Human Services Center will be closed to the public until further notice.
If you need assistance please call our office at 978-929-6652 and someone will get back to you. Hot “take out” meals from Minuteman Senior Services will be available for seniors to pick up at the Acton Senior Center Monday through Friday at 11:15 am. Please call by 9:30 am the day before to order a meal at 781-221-7085. Meals on Wheels will continue to be delivered.
Recent News from Senior Center:
Town Manager, John Mangiaratti and COA Director Sharon Mercurio held a virtual "Java with John" on Friday, May 20th.
COA and Town staff are making wellness calls to seniors
Seniors in need of assistance with food, grocery shopping, please contact the Senior Center.
Acton Rail Shuttle and Cross-Acton Transit are suspended until further notice, effective 3/17/20.
Door-to-door services remain in operation, however, riders are encouraged to utilize alternative modes of transportation if possible. To schedule rides, continue using CrossTown Connect dispatch by calling (978) 844-6809 during normal business hours.
The MBTA and Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis), the agency’s operating partner for Commuter Rail, announced today a Reduced Service Schedule effective Tuesday, March 17. The Commuter Rail Reduced Service Schedule is available at www.MBTA.com/coronavirus.
Any additional questions can be forwarded to Austin Cyganiewicz by phone (978)-929-6513 or email email@example.com.
Urgent/emergency issues will be addressed on a case-by-case basis by calling Veteran’s Service District Director James MacRae at 978-929- 6614
- Today, March 24, is the Great American Takeout. Many of Acton’s restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Visit www.actonrestaurantweek.com for more details. #TheGreatAmericanTakeout
- State and federal loans are becoming available to assist the business community. Please visit www.actonma.gov/business for the most up-to-date information.
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eye, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Practice social distancing between yourself and other people of at least 6 feet. Avoid social gatherings of greater than 10 people within a closed space.
Cover your sneezes and coughs with a tissue or using the inside of your elbow, discard tissue and wash your hands.
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Commonwealth of Massachusetts: http://www.Mass.gov
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