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Information on Coronavirus

Town offices are closed to the public until Monday, July 6th

At which time the offices will be open by appointment only.  Appointments can be made by contacting the departments directly.

 

 

Dear Danvers Residents and Business Owners,

As your local leaders, we want you to know that we are prioritizing public communication in parallel to operational contingency planning.  To that end, we’ve set up this webpage as a place you can go for the latest information related to the COVID-19 outbreak affecting our community.  The best way to stay informed on what is happening locally is to bookmark this page, follow us on social media (@townofdanvers), and sign up for emergency notifications on the Town here.

Our collective responsibility right now is to slow the community spread of the Coronavirus, which will allow our healthcare professionals to do their job.  You have responded to that call and I thank you for that.  If you need us, call us, email us, message us.  We are here and we aren’t going anywhere.

Sincerely,

Steve Bartha

Town Manager

 

Town of Danvers
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Number of Danvers Confirmed Cases

737

As of Thursday, July 3, 2020

Case numbers are updated weekly

Press Releases & Updates from the Town

June 30, 2020 | 6:00 PM - Governor Announces Travel Update

All travelers arriving to Massachusetts – including Massachusetts residents returning home – are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days, except that, beginning July 1, 2020, travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and New Jersey arriving in Massachusetts are exempt from this directive and need not self-quarantine for 14 days.  In addition, workers designated by the federal government as essential critical infrastructure workers are exempt from the directive to self-quarantine for 14 days if traveling to Massachusetts for work purposes.  All persons are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19.  Additional information and guidance visit the States website here.

 

June 21, 2020 | 10:30 AM - Governor Announces move to Phase II, Part 2 of State's Reopening Plan

On June 19, the Governor announced that Step Two of Phase II of the Commonwealth’s four-phase reopening plan, Reopening Massachusetts, will begin on Monday, June 22.  Detailed information on what is included under this phase is available on the State website.  Restaurants will be able to begin to offer service indoors (under new state safety protocols) and Danvers establishment who have received approvals for use of outdoor space will remain in effect for the summer.  Establishments that have been approved, for a modified use as a result of COVID-19, are listed on our COVID Temporary Modifications web page.

 

June 20, 2020 | 10:00 AM - Town Updates

  • Town offices will re-open to the public, by appointment only, starting on July 6.  Information on how to schedule appointments will be available by contacting departments directly.  However, starting on Monday, June 29th, Town offices will be operating under new public office hours.  The hours are:
Town Hall1 Burroughs Street (DPW Engineering)2 Burroughs Street (DPW Business Office)
Monday - Wednesday:

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Monday - Wednesday:

7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Monday - Wednesday:

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Thursday:

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Thursday:

7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Thursday:

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Friday:

8:00 AM - Noon

Friday:

7:00 AM - Noon

Friday:

8:00 AM - Noon

  • On Friday June 26th from 9AM - 12PM (or until we run out), the Danvers Fire Department, along with the Public Health Department, are sponsoring a Mask Distribution Event for all Danvers Residents over the age of 60 (or the medically fragile). This event will be at Danvers High School and will be a drive-up event.  No one will need to get out of their vehicles.  If you have questions, please email [email protected]
  • This past April, the State enacted Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, which included important relief for Massachusetts taxpayers in several areas. The Town immediately implemented these relief options in order to help ease the burden during these unprecedented times. They included extensions for claiming exemptions and deferrals as well as a commitment to waive penalties and interest on certain overdue tax payments for a period of time. The legislation allows for penalties and interest to waived on certain tax and excise payments if paid by June 30, 2020. On June 30, the waiver period will end and interest will be accrued based on when the bill was originally due. We encourage residents with outstanding bills that fall within this category to make payments by June 29 to avoid these charges. As always, the Treasurer’s Office is committed to working with residents to provide any assistance and guidance on options available regarding tax payments.

 

June 10, 2020 | 6:00 PM - COVID Update message from the Town Manager

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.

 

June 9, 2020 | 8:00 PM - Board of Selectmen Approve Temporary Regulations to Support Businesses

At their meeting on Tuesday, June 9, the Board of Selectmen approved temporary regulations to support the business community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Public health requirements for social distancing have placed new burdens and challenge on the business community to provide more physical space between customers and staff.  To respond to the new distance requirements, and in light of the local Declaration of Emergency, the Board of Selectmen have adopted temporary outdoor regulations.

These regulations will allow existing local businesses to utilize outdoor seating in parking lots, or on-street parking spaces, sidewalks, or landscaped yard area around their businesses to provide more space for patrons.  Proposals will still be reviewed by Town staff, but the processes normally used to make these types of modifications have been amended to be more responsive to business’s needs.

The newly adopted regulations allows the Town Manager to temporarily modify a number of permits and licenses, such as use of a sidewalk or modifications to an existing property’s layout, eliminating many of the administrative requirements that take weeks to navigate.  As this is related to COVID, these rules apply only to existing businesses that have already received their initial permits and will sunset when the crisis ends.

“We are looking forward to working with businesses on their applications and expect quick turnaround times on most applications,” said Aaron Henry, the Town’s Director of Land Use and Community Services, alluding to the nearly dozen inquiries the Town has already received.  The Town’s Director of Planning and Economic Development, David Fields, has his division prepared to process the applications and has organized the interdepartmental review team responsible for vetting them.

The complete regulations and process can be viewed on the Town of Danvers website, https://www.danversma.gov/covid-businesses/ Businesses who are interested in applying for a modification should contact the Planning and Economic Development office at [email protected] or 978-777-0001 ext. 3019.

 

June 8, 2020 | 9:00 AM - Baker-Polito announces Phase 2 of Reopening Massachusetts Plan

The Baker-Polito Administration announced that Phase II of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan will begin today, June 8th.  As we approached this announcement, the State released several sets of guidance and mandatory safety standards to help businesses reopen safely and the Town has been working to adopt them.  The Danvers Board of Selectmen is meeting on June 9 at 5:30 PM to review an expedited process for businesses to operate outdoors and other processes to assist businesses under Phase 2.   We have many months in front of us in the battle against COVID-19 and the Town continues to work with local stakeholders on creative and safe ways to reopen Danvers.  If you have questions or need assistance with reopening your business please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

 

June 5, 2020 | 3:30 PM - Recreation Facilities Re-Opening Plan

Today, the Town released our Recreation Facilities Re-Opening plan.  The plan contains multiple phases in compliance with the Governors guidelines. We are currently in Phase 1 of our plan.

It is important to note, while the Governor announces the general phasing, the Town may not always be able to reopen in concert with the State’s plan, due to incomplete or unclear guidance. The health and safety of our residents, users, and staff is our top priority and will inform how and when we reopen. As we move through phases that information will be posted to our website.

When you visit recreation facilities, you will notice new signage with guidelines, please take a few minutes to review.  Additionally guidance is available on the re-opening plan website.  We look forward to welcoming you back to our wonderful recreation facilities!

 

May 26, 2020 | 10:15 AM - Statement Regarding McKinnon's

The Town of Danvers is not able to confirm specific cases of COVID19 due to privacy concerns; however, we have been in communication with McKinnon’s about their recent decision to close and conduct a deep cleaning of their Danvers location.  We have found McKinnon's to be following all guidance, and do not recommend that persons who entered McKinnon's quarantine for 14 days.

Public Health guidelines state that close contacts are those who come within 6 feet of a positive case for more than 10-15 minutes.  Please follow guidance when going out – wear a mask if you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance and wash your hand for at least 20 seconds afterward.

We remind everyone that this pandemic is ongoing, and there is risk involved with any travel outside of the home.  Further, we advise that every person monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID19, and when ill, to contact a healthcare provider immediately.

 

May 19, 2020 | 6:15 PM - A Message from Town Manager

This is a message sent by the Town Manager using the town notification system, which you can register for here:

Good Evening, this is Town Manager Steve Bartha calling.

Yesterday, the Baker-Polito Administration released the Reopening Massachusetts report, which details a four-phased strategy to responsibly reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19.  Starting yesterday, based on current public health data and trends, Massachusetts began Phase 1 of a cautious reopening. Workplaces that are permitted to open are required to follow new safety protocols and guidance.  Residents are reminded that Massachusetts is still under a state of emergency.

The administration has launched a comprehensive website with reopening information, both for the public and for businesses, the address is www.mass.gov/reopening.

As of May 18, manufacturingconstruction and places of worship were permitted to reopen.

On May 25th, office space outside of Boston will be permitted to reopen at 25% capacity; Boston will reopen at this threshold on June 1st.

Other businesses anticipated to reopen on may 25th include curbside retail, certain personal care operations, pet groomingcar washes and laboratories.  These industries, and essential services that have remained open, must comply with mandatory safety standards and have until May 25, 2020 to do so.

Businesses are not required to reopen by the dates determined by the state, and may not do so if they are unable to follow safety protocols.  The Town of Danvers will continue to support local businesses during this process. Businesses can email [email protected] for assistance or questions.

As additional business re-openings are announced and guidance becomes available, we will provide updates on our website, www.danversma.gov.

The Administration also released a new “Safer At Home” Advisory, which encourages residents to continue to stay home to stay at home, if possible, to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The advisory provides guidance to people over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions, who are at high risk for COVID-19, that they should continue to stay home except to run essential errands (such as going to the grocery store, the pharmacy, or the doctor’s office).  Please do not participate in close contact activities, such as pick-up sports games. Parents should continue to limit play dates for children.

Locally, we are finalizing plans to reopen buildings and park spaces to the public, so that when public health data indicates it is safe to do so, we will be ready.

As a reminder, plans are being finalized to conduct our local elections at the High School Field House on Tuesday, June 2nd, from 10am to 8pm.  The election will be conducted following safe social distancing for both poll workers and voters.  Face coverings will be required at the polling place.

We appreciate the support of the community during this time and ask that you keep up the great work.  As the weather gets nicer, many of us will start to spend more time outside.  Please make sure to maintain 6 ft of social distance and wear a face covering when you cannot maintain distance – especially on the rail trail.  Also, the requirement to wear a face mask when entering a business remains in effect.

Thank you and please continue to be safe.

 

May 18, 2020 | 7:00 PM - Baker-Politio Administration Announces Phase 1 Re-Openings/Guidance & Safer At Home Advisory

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration released the Reopening Massachusetts report, which details a four-phased strategy to responsibly reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19.  Starting today, based on current public health data and trends, Massachusetts will begin Phase 1 of a cautious reopening, and workplaces that are permitted to open are required to follow new safety protocols and guidance.  Residents are reminded that Massachusetts is still under a state of emergency.

The administration has launched a comprehensive website with reopening information, both for the public and businesses, www.mass.gov/reopening.

As of May 18, manufacturing, construction and places of worship can reopen. Anticipated for May 25 is office space to 25% (except Boston), retail can offer curbside, personal care operations, pet grooming, car washes and laboratories.  These industries, and essential services that have remained open, must comply with mandatory safety standards and have until May 25, 2020 to do so.  Businesses are not required to reopen, and may not do so if they are unable to follow safety protocols.  The Town of Danvers will continue to support local businesses during this process. Businesses can email [email protected] for assistance or questions.

The Administration also released a new “Safer At Home” Advisory, which instructs residents to stay at home unless engaging with newly opened activities, as a way to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19. The advisory provides guidance to people over age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions, who are at high risk for COVID-19, that they should continue to stay at home except to run essential errands (such as grocery store and to attend to healthcare needs). Do not participate in close contact activities, such as pick-up sports games. Parents should limit play dates for children.

 

May 17, 2020 | 12:00 PM - Town Buildings to Remain Closed to Public Unit No Earlier Than June 1

Town office buildings will remain closed to the public until no earlier than June 1, however, staff continues to work remotely and from certain offices to ensure services continue and residents/customer needs are addressed.

Governor Baker weeks ago identified this coming Monday (May 18th) as a key date with respect to his administration’s planning process.  We are all waiting in anticipation to see what guidance is provided next week in terms of the gradual reopening of non-essential businesses in the Commonwealth; every indication suggests it will be a measured, disciplined, and careful process.  The Town of Danvers will take this same approach for the well-being of our residents and employees.

A Town of Danvers reopening committee has met several times over the past two weeks to discuss our reopening as well as specific requirements, procedures, and timelines, the work of this committee will continue as more information becomes available from the Baker-Politio Administration.  Much remains fluid in our planning, as guidance from the Governor, MA-DPH, and local Public Health will influence when and how we return, and we will do our best to give everyone as much advance notice as possible once a decision has been made.

 

May 8, 2020 | 3:30 PM - Important Information Regarding Board of Selectmen Budget Review

The Board of Selectmen will hold their FY21 budget review meeting on Thursday, May 14 at 3:00 PM via WebEx. The agenda will be available on line 48 hours in advance of the meeting here.  The budget document is available for review here.

The meeting will be conducted over Webex for the Board, and members of the public can view it online here or on @dcatdanversma (ch. 22 for Comcast and ch. 41 for Verizon) from your TV. This is in compliance with the Governor's Order that suspends certain components of the open meeting law during this time.

Residents can submit questions during the budget meeting either via email ([email protected]) or phone (978-777-0001 and press 2). Please note that there is roughly a 20 second delay as the remote meeting is being broadcast. Staff will be answering the phone and monitoring the Public Comments email address during the meeting.  Additionally, residents can submit questions via email 24 hours in advance of the meeting using the email address [email protected].  When submitting comments via email please use BOS May 14 as the subject line and include your name and address in the body of your email.  Please limit emails to 50 words or less, given current limitations.  Emails that do not contain name and address might not be read into the official record. Email is the preferred method.

The BOS will do its best to read comments and questions received into the record and respond, if possible and as appropriate.

 

May 7, 2020 | 3:30 PM - Important Updates Regarding June 2 Annual Town Election

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several changes to our election process for the June 2, 2020 Annual Town Election:

  • The Polls in the Danvers High School Field House will be open on Election Day from 10:00 A.M.- 8:00 P.M.
  • Early voting BY MAIL (not in person) will be offered to ALL registered voters.
  • Absentee Voting will still be available for registered voters who qualify as follows:
    • Only those who will be absent from their city or town on Election Day, or
    • Have a disability that prevents them from going to the polls, or
    • Have a religious belief preventing the same, are legally allowed to vote by absentee ballot.

Early voting can be done by mail. Early Voting applications can be found on the Town’s website at: https://www.danversma.gov/voter-information/ .  A handwritten or scanned signature is required on an executed application to obtain an early voting ballot.  You may return your signed, executed, scanned application by email to [email protected] , place it in the drop box on the Sylvan Street side of Town Hall or by US Mail.  When you receive your ballot please fill it out, you must sign the small ballot envelope, place your ballot in the return envelope, seal it with tape and place all in the white envelope and return by mail or drop it off in the mail slot at Town Hall (be sure to allow enough time for it to get to us before the polls close on Election Day).  As always, you may NOT return early or absentee ballots directly to the polls on Election Day, they must be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office on Sylvan Street.  Please note, however, once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, the voter may no longer vote at the polls on Election Day.

The last day to request an early, or absentee ballot is Noon on Monday, June 1st.  The last day to register to vote (if you are not already registered) is Saturday, May 23rd 8pm.  You may register online through the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office (www.registertovote.com).

In addition, we have a need for Poll Workers on Election Day.  If you are interested, please contact Cathy Ellsworth at [email protected] for details.

Any questions can be referred to the Town Clerks’ office by email at [email protected] or by phone at 978-0001 x 3053.

 

May, 1, 2020 | 4:30 PM - Governor Issues Order Requiring Face Coverings 

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration released an order requiring face coverings in grocery stores, pharmacies and other retail stores and public places where social distancing is not possible.  This order is effective May 6.  You can read the full order here.

 

April 30, 2020 | 6:00 PM - Message from Town Manager

This is a message sent by the Town Manager using the town notification system:

Good Evening, this is Town Manager Steve Bartha calling.  I have a few updates, but mainly I am calling to check in and let the residents of Danvers know we appreciate the continued support and cooperation with our actions and orders to date.

On April 28th, the Governor extended the closure of non-essential businesses and the stay at home order until May 18th.  The Administration also announced the formation of the Reopening Advisory Board.  This Board will meet with key stakeholders and solicit input from a variety of constituencies over the next three weeks to develop a report by May 18th that will include DPH approved workplace safety standards, industry frameworks and customer protocols and guidelines, including enforcement mechanisms and coordination with municipal leaders.  Similarly, the Town has begun planning for the re-opening of Town buildings and services to ensure safety and access once we re-open to the public.

On April 17th, the Board of Health issued an advisory that requires any person entering an essential business in Town, such as a grocery store, pharmacy or entering a restaurant for pick-up, to be using a cloth face covering. Additionally, employees of essential businesses must wear a face covering when interacting with the public and within six feet of a co-worker. This decision reflects the Town’s support for Governor Baker’s April 10th advisory regarding face coverings and cloth masks.  To be clear, there is no requirement that all persons wear a face covering at all times while away from home.  This is only in effect when entering an essential business where safe social distancing is not possible. A simple painters mask, bandana, or other cloth garment can do the trick.

The State has also launched a Community Tracing Collaborative with Partners In Health.  If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or you’re a close contact of someone who has, the Tracing Collaborative will be calling you.  Calls will come from an 833 or 857 number and the caller id will show “MA COVID Team”.  Calls could also come from the Danvers Board of Health and have a local phone number.  Please pick up the call or return the message.

The best way to stay informed is to visit our website, www.danversma.gov, 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

I ask that you continue to practice social distancing, wear a face covering when entering an essential business and check in on friends, neighbors and family via a phone call or video.  It’s important that the Danvers community continue to achieve the maximum amount of social distancing feasible to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

We will continue to work closely with the State for guidance on when it is safe to resume normal operations. In the meantime, your local government is here to support you, to inform you, and to help keep you safe.

 

April 28, 2020 | 6:00 PM - Action taken by Baker-Polito Administration

Today, Governor Baker extended the essential services emergency order to May 18th and launched a Reopening Advisory Board that will produce a plan to the Governor by May 18th. The Administration also announced that the Department of Public Health’s Stay At Home Advisory remains in effect and gatherings of 10 or more people remain prohibited until May 18th. Read the full release.

Additionally, residents who have questions about testing sites, if they should be tested and other COVID testing related questions can view information here.

We remind residents to continue to practice social distancing, wear a face covering when entering an essential business and to check in on family, friends and neighbors.

 

April 24, 2020 | 11:30 PM - Information for Small Businesses on the Paycheck Protection Program

On Thursday, $320 billion in additional funds were approved for the Paycheck Protection Program for small business.  Local small businesses are encouraged to work directly with their current local lender (the bank you use for business and checking accounts) to apply for these funds.

If you need more assistance, please reach out to the Town using the email address, [email protected].  More information on the bill that passed: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/house-expected-pass-latest-coronavirus-aid-bill-thursday-n1190376

 

April 17, 2020 | 2:30 PM - Message from School Administration

Good Afternoon DPS Families,

We hope you and your families are doing well and staying healthy.

This afternoon the Governor announced that schools will remain closed through the end of the school year in June. We expect additional guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education by the end of the week around priority curriculum standards to focus on to prepare for the next school year in addition to logistics for closing out this school year.   We will be in touch next week to address how we will approach our remote learning and the close of school. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.

Take care,

Lisa Dana, Mary Wermers and Keith Taverna

 

April 17, 2020 | 2:30 PM - BOH Advisory Regarding Face Coverings & Cloth Masks when Entering an Essential Business

After much thought and with input and feedback from residents and essential businesses alike, the Danvers Board of Health has determined that any person entering an essential business in Town, such as a grocery store, pharmacy or entering a restaurant for pick-up, must be using a cloth face covering. Additionally, employees of essential businesses must wear a face covering when interacting with the public and within six feet of a co-worker. This decision reflects the Town’s support for Governor Baker’s April 10th advisory regarding face coverings and cloth masks.  The order can be viewed here and takes effect on Monday, April 20, 2020.

To be clear, there is no requirement that all persons wear a face covering at all times while away from home.  This is only in effect when entering an essential business where safe social distancing is not possible. A simple painters mask, bandana, or other cloth garment can do the trick.

The purpose of this is to help prevent the spread of coronavirus by persons appearing to be healthy but who are carrying and possibly spreading the virus. A cloth face covering is not 100% effective in preventing the transmission of this disease. It remains imperative, regardless of your wearing a face covering, that you continue to stay home, and only leave when it is vital, such as for food, medications, or exercise outdoors.

We also ask that you be kind and patient to one another, as some may take time making or obtaining such a covering. If you know of someone in need of a mask, and you are able to help them, please do so as that generous gift could mean the difference between them obtaining vital medication, or not.

 

April 16, 2020 | 8:00 AM - Attorney General Releases Website w. Resources for Frontline Workers

yesterday, Attorney General Maura Healey launched a new website to provide resources for health care workers and first responders in Massachusetts and information to the public about how to help and thank our frontline heroes responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

The website – FrontlineMA.org – is an initiative spearheaded by the AG’s Office, in collaboration with HubSpot and IDEO, in response to the urgent need for centralized information for frontline workers, including personal protective equipment (PPE), prioritized testing, safe housing, meals, self-care and emergency child care. It also invites the public to help by offering messages of support, buying meals for frontline workers, helping to provide a safe place for workers to stay between shifts, and ways to donate PPE.

The new website features a “Hero Wall” with posters, messages, and pictures from the public showing support and an opportunity for frontline workers to share their experiences.

“Our medical providers and first responders are working nonstop to save lives, so we wanted to make it easier for them to access information about the services and support they need to take care of themselves,” AG Healey said. “We hope that this website will serve as a useful hub for statewide resources and as a way to say thank you for the sacrifices our frontline workers are making throughout this public health crisis.”

The website has specific pages catered to the everyday needs of first responders and health care workers, including:

  • Request forms and statewide contacts to obtain PPE
  • Details on the state’s free priority testing sites
  • Alternative housing to limit the risk of transmission
  • A list of free or discounted food from local restaurants
  • Information on emergency childcare
  • Guidance on self-isolation and quarantine

The AG’s Office will continue to update the website with information as it becomes available, including additional state resources, restaurant and hotel offers, and submissions to the Hero Wall.

In addition to the resources on FrontlineMA.org, the website also includes information on assistance the AG’s Office can provide to first responders and health care workers during the COVID-19 crisis related to health care, insurance coverage, consumer protection, student loans, debt collection, evictions, and utility rates and shutoffs. For more information, click here. 

A link to the AG's Frontline website is also located to the right under "Helpful Links & Resources"/

 

April 14, 2020 | 2:00 PM - COVID-19 Q&A: This Friday

We are answering your COVID-19 questions! On Friday, April 17 at 10:00 AM the Town Manager, Director of Public Health and our Public Health Nurse will answer questions from the Danvers community.  Submit your questions to [email protected] and put COVID19 Q&A in the subject line or send us a DM on social media. Questions must be received by 8:00 AM Friday morning.

DCAT link to  watch the Q&A live.

 

April 14, 2020 | 11:00 AM - Bulky Item Stickers

Starting Tuesday, April 14, stickers for bulky item pickup can now be purchased online and at Danvers Hardware.

You may choose to pay for your Bulky Item Sticker online with electronic check, credit or debit card.  Your sticker will then be sent to you in the mail.  Once you have your sticker in hand, call the phone number on the sticker the day before your next trash pickup to schedule.  Place your sticker on your item by 7AM on your trash pickup day.  To pay for a Bulky Item Sticker, please click HERE and follow the prompts.

Stickers can also be purchased in person at Danvers Hardware by check only made out to the Town of Danvers.  Stickers can be purchased Monday – Friday from 8AM-5PM.  Residents must follow the established guidelines for Bulky Item pickup in the as outlined above.

 

April 10, 2020 | 5:00 PM - Message from Town Manager

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, www.danversma.gov, 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.

 

April 10, 2020 | 11:30 AM - Revised BOH Order: Larger Essential Retailers Customer Limits

The Danvers Board of Health has issued a revised order on the number of people that are allowed inside grocery stores, per the Governor's new orders.  Grocers are now limited to 40% capacity allowed by building and fire code.  Additionally and to clarify, this order restricts sales of non-essential portions of essential businesses (such as flower shops, jewelry sales).   This does not apply to garden centers attached to essential businesses.

The Board of Health reminds everyone to limit their grocery shopping as much as possible to reduce potential exposure and spread of COVID19, and to leave non-essential purchases for a later date. Additionally, any person shopping for essentials should wear a cloth mask, and gloves.

 

April 7, 2020 | 4:00 PM - Relief for Taxpayers: Extension and Waiving Penalties & Interest on Certain Tax Payments

This past Friday, the Governor signed into law Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, which included important relief for Massachusetts taxpayers in several areas identified by local officials. The information available here details some of the key areas this bill addressed. They include extensions for claiming exemptions and deferrals as well as a commitment to waive penalties and interest on certain overdue tax payments for a period of time.

 

April 6, 2020 | 11:00 AM - BOH Order: Moratorium on Evictions & other real estate business

Today the Board of Health has 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 order can be viewed here.

Community members that need financial assistance relating to housing and utilities can contact the North Shore Community Action Program (NSCAP)  for financial assistance related to housing and utilities and Essex County Bar Lawyer for a Day Program for legal questions. This is  in addition to local Danvers resources like Town of Danvers services (see side bar to the right) and Council on Aging.

Resource info for Danvers residents available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm:

NSCAP 978 531-0767 ext 311 Community Outreach Program

Essex County Bar Lawyer for a Day  978 500 5790 or [email protected]

 

April 4, 2020 | 10:00 AM - Update: Resources  for Small Businesses

In our continued support of local small businesses we have developed a resource page filled with helpful information and links! Please visit Danvers’ Small Business Resource page for information on business support and employee assistance.  This link is also available on the side bar to the right.   We’re here to help and support our local businesses.

 

April 4, 2020 | 10:00 AM - BOH Order: Larger Essential Retailers Customer Limits

Earlier this week, the Town issued an  order to  larger essential retailers about how many customers can be in the business at the same time to help ensure social distancing.  You can read the guidance here.

 

March 31, 2020 | 5:00 PM - Message from Town Manager

This is a message sent by the Town Manager using the town notification system:

Good evening.  This is Danvers Town Manager Steve Bartha with some important local updates on the impacts of the Coronavirus in Danvers and a request to stay vigilant as we continue to work through this public health crisis. As of today, there are more 40 confirmed cases in Danvers. This is up from 28 last week and reflects the fact that more testing is happening and also that the virus has arrived, as predicted. Chances are good we all now know someone who has been impacted by the virus.

The preventative measures we as a community starting implementing back on March 13th, have absolutely made an impact locally on our community spread, but it is also becoming apparent that many of these measures will likely need to remain in place through the end of April, if not longer.

Today, the governor announced that he would be extending the protective measures he ordered on March 23rd through May 4th. Those orders included closing non-essential businesses and strongly advising that individuals and families essentially shelter in place except for food, pharmacy, medical, and exercise. In keeping with the Governor’s order, we will continue to do our part individually and as a community by practicing social distancing and family isolation and limiting our exposure by only going out for the aforementioned reasons. This means that like our schools, other public buildings will also remain closed to the public through May 4th.

Many employees continue to work behind the scenes to make sure core services continue to be delivered and that the needs of our vulnerable populations continue to be met. The rest are working from home, as ordered by the Governor, completing work remotely.

Yesterday, the Selectmen held their first remote meeting and took several important actions in response to the COVID-19 crisis, including delaying local elections from May 5 to June 2 and Annual Town Meeting from May 18 to June 15. We also discussed pending state legislation that will enable the Town to extend the April 1 deadline to apply for tax abatements and referrals to June 1, and also to waive penalties and interest on tax, utility, and betterment bills due between March 10 and June 30. We intend to authorize this relief as soon as the Governor signs the bill into law.

Your local leaders remain in daily communication with our local peers and state partners, including public health, emergency management, and the executive branch. We believe public communication is as important right now as our operational contingency planning.

The best way to stay informed is to visit our website, www.danversma.gov, 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

Staff is here and ready to do what we can:

· www.danversma.gov – link in yellow banner

· [email protected]

· [email protected]

· 978-777-0001 – answering throughout the weekend

We appreciate the almost universal cooperation with our actions and orders to date, and we will continue to work closely with the State for guidance on when it is safe to resume normal operations. In the meantime, your local government is here to support you, to inform you, and to help keep you safe.

 

March 27, 2020 | 8:30 AM - Weekend Update

Good Afternoon Danvers.  Thank you for continuing to follow the Governor’s Stay at Home Advisory and practicing social distancing when you do need to leave your home.  As we head into the weekend, we have a few updates/reminders for the community:

  1. If you call 9-1-1 for emergency services, please notify the dispatcher if you or anyone in your household is sick or experiencing any flu or COVID-19 symptoms (even if you haven’t been tested or diagnosed).  Emergency personnel will respond to all calls, regardless of whether someone presents with symptoms. This information allows the responders to be prepared. It is very important that we strive to keep our public safety personal healthy and protected, so they can continue to serve us.  We ask for your cooperation and support in this effort.
  2. In order to minimize exposure and maintain essential services, Covanta will be closing the transfer station on Saturdays until further notice.  Residents who must bring up trash, leaves or yard waste need to do so Monday - Friday. We encourage residents to postpone these trips for as long as possible to minimize exposure. Transfer Station hours will be Monday - Friday from 7am-4pm until further notice. Users must enter by 3:45pm. During this this period, current residential stickers are not required, however access is limited to residents only (may need to show driver’s license with Danvers address).
  3. Curbside TEXTILE recycling has been suspended.  This does not effect normal recycling and will be in effect until further notice.
  4. As a reminder, all playgrounds are closed.  This includes basketball and other sports fields and courts.  Games of basketball and squash will need to wait until the need for social distancing is over.  Residents are encouraged to engage in actives in their own yards and enjoy walks/runs while maintaining social distancing.
  5. The Board of Selectmen will be meeting on Monday.  They will primarily take action to delay Town Meeting and Local Elections, but will also discussion some of the municipal relief related to COVID-19 that’s pending in several pieces of legislation.  A notification call will be sent out Tuesday evening to update the community on action the Board took and other important updates.  Please make sure you have signed up to receive these calls (https://danversma.bbcportal.com/).

Town staff continues to work behind the scenes to answer questions and ensure services are available to our residents.  If you need anything please contact us at [email protected] or 978-777-0001 and press 1 (phones are staffed 8:00am-5:00pm, 7 days a week). Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this period.

 

March 24, 2020 | 8:30 AM - Guidance to Essential Retailers: Social Distancing

Late yesterday afternoon, the Town issued guidance to essential retailers about ensuring customers are maintaining social distancing.  You can read the guidance here.

 

March 23, 2020 | 12:00 PM

Today, March 23rd, Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely.

Read a list of essential services.

Due to the evolving spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, Governor Baker has directed the Department of Public Health to issue a stay at home advisory. This means all residents are advised to stay home during this time in order to curb the spread of this virus. Residents may conduct essential grocery shopping and pick up medication.

 

March 21, 2020 | 4:00 PM

The Danvers Board of Health today announced its first positive case of COVID-19. The test results came back very recently, and the case is currently under investigation to identify close contacts if any.

“These results confirm what was already understood, and that is this disease has already been present in our area. This positive result is a sign that increased testing appears to be underway. This will help us to identify contacts quicker, and issue quarantine orders to prevent further spread,” said Director of Public Health, Mark Carleo.

The Town Manager had already taken strong measures to mitigate the outbreak by declaring a state of emergency on March 18, 2020. Subsequently, the Board of Health issued an order to close additional businesses in Town, which require close contact with customers on March 20, 2020. They continue to urge all those in Town to continue social-distancing measures, staying home when ill, washing hands frequently, routinely cleaning commonly touched surfaces, and practicing respiratory etiquette such as coughing into the crook of your elbow.

The coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 causes a range of illness from mild to severe, especially in the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms that appear 2 to 14 days after exposure include Fever, Cough, shortness of breath, and in more severe cases, pneumonia.

If you develop symptoms, have traveled to an area with ongoing community spread of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, call your healthcare professional.

All additional reported cases will be posted at https://www.danversma.gov/information-on-coronavirus.

 

March 19, 2020 | 4:10 PM

We have compiled a list of local restaurants that are offering take out and delivery services.  The listing is available here and to the right under Food Resources.  We hope having this information all in one place will help our residents and business community.

 

March 19, 2020 | 1:15 PM

To the Danvers Business Community:

Yesterday afternoon, I announced a state of emergency for the Town of Danvers and ordered all public buildings to remain closed, at least through April 5, 2020.  Following this declaration, the Director of Public Health, on behalf of the Board of Health, is issuing an order that will expand the impact on many of our businesses in Town.

It is our sincere hope that these closures will be effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19, that the closures will be short in nature, and that very soon we will all be able to return to business as usual.  For now, please know that I, the Selectmen, and the Board of Health can offer only our deepest sympathy for how the immense uncertainty gripping the world right now is impacting you and your employees.  We are doing all we can to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on this community, in the hope of mitigating its longer-term effects.

Additionally, the Commonwealth is making rapid changes to laws and regulations to help reduce the burden on businesses and their employees. This includes accelerating unemployment claims for those affected by COVID-19, and low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration if your business is suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19, and more.

You can find details on relief for businesses and employers, and other resources, by visiting our website at:

https://www.danversma.gov/information-on-coronavirus/.

If you have any questions please call Town Hall (978-777-0001 and press 1) or email [email protected]

Be well and stay safe.

Sincerely,

Steve Bartha

 

March 18, 2020 | 7:45 PM

A Message from Danvers Town Manager Steve Bartha:

Good Evening.  This is Danvers Town Manager Steve Bartha.  I am calling tonight to update you on the impacts of the Coronavirus in Danvers.  Today, in consultation with the Chair of the BOS and the Director of Public Health, I declared a state of emergency in Danvers. 

This declaration was issued proactively for three reasons: first, to bring the Town into alignment with the state and federal levels of government; second, to ensure that we have the administrative flexibility to respond in real time to the fast evolving situation and better direct our limited resources efficiently and effectively. 

As of today, Danvers still has zero confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the community, but it is very important that we avoid drawing the wrong conclusions or look for a false sense of security in this fact. 

As a state and a country, our ability to test for infection remains woefully lacking.  As a result, it is more likely than not that undetected cases do in fact exist in our community. Our local and regional hospitals have prepared the best they can to receive patients affected by COVID-19, but they lack the capacity to serve a massive influx of patients at one. 

This leads to the third reason for the declaration – to reiterate the important role we all play in slowing the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing and family isolation, so that healthcare professionals can to their jobs. 

In addition to restrictions put in place by the Governors orders this past weekend, you may notice a few additional restrictions for Danvers residents.  Yesterday, we closed all the playgrounds in Danvers for the safety of our community.

Local leaders remain hard at work behind the scenes to ensure that core services continue.  Most Town business can be conducted online and there is limited staff at Town Hall answering phones and emails and coordinating with our local, state, and federal partners.

Please check out website frequently, we provide the most up to date information there, danversma.gov.  I encourage you to practice social distancing in the days to come and please know, we are with you in this.  
Be well and stay safe.  Thank you  

 

March 18, 2020 | 4:30 PM

DANVERS ISSUES EMERGENCY DECLARATION ON COVID-19

Town Manager Steve Bartha, in consultation with BOS Chair Dan Bennett and Public Health Director Mark Carleo, has declared a state of emergency in Danvers as of March 18, 2020. This declaration was made under the authority granted in the Danvers Town Manager Act of 1949 and the Civil Defense Act of 1950. Similar
declarations exist at the state and federal level.

“This action is being taken proactively and not in response to any confirmed or presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the community,” said Mr. Bartha. “It helps us to prepare and gives the Town the administrative capability to adapt Town operations and ensure the allocation of more resources as it relates to COVID-19.”

The Town is also announcing today that public buildings, including the Peabody Institute Library, will remain closed to the public until April 5, 2020, subject to change depending on circumstances.

Local leaders remain hard at work behind the scenes to ensure that core services continue to be delivered to our general and vulnerable populations. Most Town
business can still be conducted online, and there is limited staff at Town Hall answering phones and coordinating with our local, state, and federal partners.

 

March 15, 2020 | 8:15 PM

This evening Governor Baker ordered social restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19, including, no gatherings of over 25 people, restaurants & bars to only offer take out & delivery effective Tuesday (however, Danvers establishments are free to implement this change effective immediately) and closure of all schools until April 7. The Town of Danvers requests that all residents abide by the restrictions. More information about these restrictions is available here (https://www.mass.gov/…/march-15-2020-large-gatherings-25-an…) and at mass.gov. The Town will be issuing additional support and guidance on this topic early this week.

Additionally, we ask that you avoid other public places such as playgrounds & parks (unfortunately parks aren’t cleaned daily), limit your interactions with friends (play dates are fun, but should wait) and reduce the frequency of going to stores ( go as needed but maintain social distancing).

We thank you for your continued cooperation. Town officials are here to support the community during this time. If you need assistance or have questions please call 978-777-0001.

 

March 15, 2020 | 1:30 PM

Afternoon Danvers Community,

In order to better serve families in need, we have decided to expand our school lunch service during the closure. We will be offering the program to all Danvers citizens in need.

If you would like to receive a prepared lunch, please email [email protected] or call 978-777-0001 (and press 1) by 9am each day with your name, address, number of family members and lunch(s) of choice. Our staff and volunteers will deliver to your home and leave on your doorstep. The following choices will be available:
1. Turkey and cheese
2. Ham and cheese
3. Tuna salad
4. Salad
Lunches will also remain available for pickup between 11am and 1pm, Monday through Friday.

Dr. Dana & Steve Bartha

 

March 12, 2020 | 3:30 PM

A LETTER FROM DANVERS TOWN MANAGER STEVE BARTHA: Preparing for Coronavirus in our Community
Danvers, MA – I am writing this letter to you as your Town Manager, but I am also a resident, a parent, and a husband who, just like many of you, feels at times confused and overwhelmed by what is happening right now as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Like you, I have many more questions than answers right now about what all of this means, and that is likely to remain the case for a while, but you should know that your local leaders are meeting daily to discuss the latest available information and guidance from State and Federal Agencies, public health professionals, the CDC, and the World Health Organization.

We will do our best to get the right information out at the right time, but I can promise that some of our residents will find it to be either too slow, too fast, too much or not enough.

As of today, there is one presumptive case of Coronavirus in Danvers(*after release it was confirmed that the test was negative - there currently is no presumptive case of Coronavirus in Danvers); there are probably more undetected cases here already, as is likely the case in many towns and cities. Salem had its first confirmed cases reported in this morning’s Salem News. We need to take this seriously, and we are, but we also should not panic. There are simple, scientifically validated steps and actions we can take to ensure that when the virus does impact someone we know, our local healthcare professionals will have the capacity to receive presumptive patients and treat them accordingly. According to the CDC, the three most commons symptoms of Coronavirus are:
1. Fever
2. Cough
3. Shortness of breath

Our collective responsibility right now is to “flatten the curve” of infection, which basically means slow down the spread of the virus. Experts from Harvard and the CDC have predicted that, eventually, anywhere from 20% to 60% of the general population will become infected, recognizing that 80% of infections result in minor/invisible symptoms. For some, however, the disease presents a serious threat – especially (according to the CDC) for those 60 or older or who have “comorbidities,” like heart disease or diabetes.

Again, our job right now is to slow the spread, so that doctors and nurses can treat patients in manageable numbers that do not overwhelm our systems.
The steps we need to take start with good personal hygiene and social distancing. Simply put, social distancing means avoiding unnecessary interaction with others to reduce the chances of catching or spreading a virus.

The health of our residents and employees is priority number one. To that end, both Danvers Public Schools and Town Offices will be closed from Friday, March 13th until Friday, March 20th. We will still be in the background providing public safety, public health, public utilities (water, sewer, electric), and some social services, like food delivery and grab-and-go lunch bags for students in need.

If it becomes clear by next week that lengthier closures are necessary, we will communicate that widely prior to Friday, March 20th.

To stay informed, you should consider signing up for emergency notifications on the Town website, or follow the Town on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@townofdanvers), or go to the Town’s Public Health webpage.

A skeleton crew will be in Town Hall to answer the phones (978-777-0001), but the building will be locked. The Selectmen’s Budget Hearing scheduled for Saturday, March 14th is being postponed to a future date.

A quote I’ve seen circulated a few times in the past couple of days basically says that before a crisis, everything we do to prepare seems like overkill, and after the crisis everything we did feels insufficient.

As parents, we’ve decided to pull our kids from lessons for a while, at least until we know exactly what we’re dealing with, we are going to avoid crowds whenever possible, we are washing our hands regularly, we are monitoring ourselves closely for symptoms that would indicate that a trip to the doctor makes sense, we are making sure prescriptions are filled and that our pantry is stocked, but we are also not panicking and are doing our best to adjust to a new normal for a while.

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