June 10, 2020 | 6:00 PM
Good evening. This is Town Manager Steve Bartha calling with four community updates related to our ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 and to start reopening parts of our community and economy in a safe and orderly way.
First, on Monday, June 8, the Governor moved the Commonwealth to the first part of Phase 2 of his 4 Phase reopening plan, which includes outdoor dining. This followed a June 1 executive order waiving the normal requirement to schedule public hearings and notify abutters of modifications to existing licenses and permits for certain business activities.
Last night, the Board of Selectmen approved broad and comprehensive regulations related to these actions, delegating to staff the ability to review and approve temporary modifications to existing permits and licenses, including outdoor dining, retail, and entertainment.
This action was intended to streamline an approval process for local businesses at a time when every day counts. The approvals granted are temporary in nature and will expire once the emergency declaration is lifted. For more information on this topic, please email [email protected].
Second, based on public health data trending in the right direction, the Town implemented Phase 1 of its own reopening plan with office staff starting to return returning to public buildings this week. If those trends continue to improve, we hope to move into Phase 2, at some point this summer, which will include scheduling appointments with the public.
Third, the Recreation Department’s Reopening Plan is posted to the Town’s website and includes details on when certain locations and types of facilities are expected to reopen, including fields, courts, playgrounds, open spaces, and the like.
Finally, I’d like to inform residents of a mask distribution event planned for Friday, June 26th at the High School from 9am to noon. These masks are intended for those who are either 60+ or medically fragile. For more information, please email [email protected]
In closing, I would like to once again thank the community for their continued support, patience, and perseverance. The past few months have been difficult to say the least, and the months ahead will require us to soldier on with social distancing, masks, and behavior changes, but we’ll get through this and be stronger for it.