April 10, 2020 | 5:00 PM
This is a message sent by the Town Manager using the town notification system:
Good Evening, this is Town Manager Steve Bartha calling with some important updates.
On April 3rd, the Governor signed into law Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, which included important relief for Massachusetts taxpayers, including an extension to apply for certain tax abatements and deferrals from April 1st to June 1st, and the forgiveness of penalties and interest on certain tax, utility, and betterment payments due between March 10th and June 30th. Information related to these actions can be found on the Town website.
Also, this week the Board of Health issued an order that imposes a moratorium on evictions, limits access to tenant’s dwellings, and provides restrictions on real estate “open houses”. The full Board of Health order is also available on our website.
Next week, the town will again start selling “bulky waste” stickers to residents. The stickers will be sold on the website as well as at Danvers Hardware. More information about how to purchase will be available on our website and social media sometime next week.
Many residents are following the advice of the Governor, the CDC, and common sense by spending time outdoors, but we have consistently heard from concerned members of our community about the lack of social distancing, by some, on the rail trail. Please make sure to follow trail etiquette, public health guidance, and respect social distancing guidelines while using this valuable community resource. While there’s no plan to close the trail at this point, we need your help ensuring that it can remain open.
This afternoon, Governor Baker also echoed the CDC by advising Massachusetts residents to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The face coverings do not need to be fancy – a bandana or scarf will work. Please visit the CDC’s website for helpful information on how to make your own face coverings.
Your local leaders continue to remain in daily communication with their local peers and their state and federal partners. The best way to stay informed is to visit our website, danvers-ma.proudcity.com, where you will find extensive material and information related to the Coronavirus, or by following us on social media. Our handle across platforms is @townofdanvers
The last few weeks have been extremely difficult for individuals, families, and communities alike. Many of us are experiencing feelings of isolation, stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. We have done so much as a community to slow down the transmission of the virus, but we can all do more.
We must continue to care for ourselves, monitor our health, practice social distancing, wash our hands regularly, and wear face coverings whenever we are out in public. The virus jumps from one person to the next when we touch an infected surface or object, and through exhaled droplets in the air when we get too close to each other. If we can stop these transmissions, we will stop the virus. We will save lives.
Please stay safe and be well.