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Message from Town Manager | April 30, 2020

Posted on November 4, 2020


April 30, 2020 | 6:00 PM 

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

Good Evening, this is Town Manager Steve Bartha calling.  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.

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