Town COVID-19 Status Updates

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Town of Sandwich, MA- Town of Sandwich convened numerous meeting of the COVID 19 Command Team to discuss operations. The Command Team is comprised of the Fire Chief, Police Chief, Emergency Management Director, Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager, School Superintendent, Director of Health and Public Health Nurse. See below for Recent News & Regional Coronavirus Info.

July 2020

Town of Sandwich, MA- Thank you to everyone in our community for patience, calm and continued commitment to social distancing. 

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The Town of Sandwich COVID-19 Command Team and Town Departments have produced a number of informational Public Service Announcement Videos (PSAs) to assist in conveying the status of the Town and other health information. Please see the most recent PSA below and visit our Sandwich COVID-19 PSA Videos Page to view all PSAs.

Town Modified Operations Update:

On Tuesday May 26, 2020 the Town of Sandwich began a modified opening of Town Departments.  The Town Hall, Town Hall Annex, Public Works Administration and Jan Sebastian Drive Offices offer limited public service. Public Safety buildings will be open for limited public service. All other Town Buildings remain closed to the public.  Please make every effort to conduct your business electronically and check our electronic or mail service options prior to considering in person service. Visit our Sandwich Online Town Services page for options. Your continued support and patience is sincerely appreciated.

Sandwich 4th of July Preparations

Town of Sandwich, MA- Public Safety, Public Works, Recreation and Natural Resources Departments and the COVID-19 Command Team are anticipating a safe and healthy 4th of July Celebration in Sandwich. We begin this Holiday Weekend with ZERO (0) Active COVID-19 Cases reported in Sandwich. We encourage all visitors and residents to continue their great work to reduce the risk of COVID-19 by employing social distancing recommendations and wearing a facial covering when you cannot sustain 6’ separation. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 the Annual 4 th of July Fireworks, Parade and other community activities will not be held this year. A joint public safety response team will be placed in high activity areas to monitor, prevent and respond to incidents related to holiday celebrations. The following measures have been established to help ensure a safe Holiday on our Town Beaches and community areas...Please read the full press release here.

  1. Town Services Online
  2. Virtual Meeting Info
  3. Beach & Transfer Stickers

Town of Sandwich: Doing Business Online

In accordance with Governor Baker’s phased plan to re-open the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Town of Sandwich has established a list of services which may be conducted on-line in an effort to encourage physical distancing and promote “safer at home.” 

Please visit our Online Town Services page to learn more and do business online with us.

Department of Public Works Returns to Full Operations at the Transfer Station Effective Weds, June 3 2020 

The Transfer Station will resume full operations (i.e., pre-COVID 19 operations), including Wednesday night hours.  Please note that the ticket machine used to collect disposal fees will be operational but with limited assistance from the staff.  Yard waste (grass and leaves) remains open but compost is not available at this time.

Sandwich Board of Health Mask Order April 15, 2020

Sandwich Board of Health Requires Face Masks for essential employees, highly recommends that consumers wear a face covering. ) All employees of all essential businesses shall wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when interacting with the public and within six feet of a co-worker.  The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, which should be left for medical professionals and first responders. All essential businesses shall post on their main entrance doors that it is highly recommended that the consumer entering the store wear a face covering. Please view the following documents for full and supporting information:
DECLARATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ORDER
MASK SIGN

PSA #24 Zero Cases in Sandwich as of July 1, 2020. Keep Up the Good Work!

Fire Chief John Burke and Director of Health David Mason provide an update of COVID-19, Town Manager, George H. Dunham, and Assistant Town Manager, Heather B. Harper review Reopening Progress and reveal the secrets of the Command Team Operations.

Click to View PSA #24 on YouTube

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Sandwich Town Seal Extra SmallIMPORTANT NOTICE

Town of Sandwich Building Closures Effective 4:30PM Monday, March 16th

Effective 4:30 PM Monday March, 16th 2020 ALL TOWN BUILDINGS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC until Monday, April 6th or until further guidance is issued by the Town of Sandwich COVID 19 Command Team.
This closure includes but is not limited to:
- Human Services Building
- Public Library
- Oak Crest Cove
- Sandwich Hollows Golf Course
- Sandwich Marina
- Town Hall
- Town Hall Annex
- All Town Services at 16 Jan Sebastian Drive
- Transfer Station open to sticker holders only. 

Town Staff will be available to support business operations electronically or by phone. Please continue to check for updates on our website. 

  1. Social Distancing Measures
  2. Town Modified Operations

Effective March 25th 2020

The Town of Sandwich COVID COMMAND TEAM is concerned about the health of our community. In response to observed disregard for social distancing ALL basketball courts are closed per order of the Board of Health. We agree with the National Parks Association and the CDC that mental health is a top concern associated with the COVID -19 outbreak. Our recreational areas, beaches, trails and parks remain open because we recognize the value of open space and fresh air to support both physical and mental health. You can help by avoiding direct contact activities and by sharing the recommendations of National Park and Recreation Association for using open space while maintain social distance. https://www.nrpa.org/about-national-recreation-and-park-association/pressroom/NRPA-statement-on-using-parks-and-open-space-while-maintaining-socialdistancing/ 

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) 

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You can help slow the spread of this virus. Please Stay at Home, if you must go out keep your social distance. Routine handwashing is essential. Make every effort to sustain your personal health; eat healthy food, get outside for fresh air and try to get a good night’s sleep. We encourage independent outdoor activity however you must sustain social distance and avoid common contacts.

  1. Preventative Measures
  2. Testing Information

Practicing Preventative Measures

You can help by practicing social distancing and continuing preventative measures. We encourage residents to continue to take steps to prevent the spread of the COVID 19 respiratory virus by:

· Sustaining Social Distance
· Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
· Cover your coughs and sneezes.
· Stay home if you are sick.

If you would like to help by making a donation to the Council on Aging to assist seniors with food or prescription insecurity, please send a check to made payable to the:

Council on Aging
COVID 19 response
Mail to - 270 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537

Please reach out to your elderly neighbors and others who may be in need.

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    2020 Beach Season: Bathing Beaches and Pond Water Quality Information

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    Town of Sandwich 4th of July Preparations

    We begin this Holiday Weekend with ZERO (0) Active COVID-19 Cases reported in Sandwich. We encourage all visitors and residents to continue their great work to reduce the risk of COVID-19 by employing social distancing recommendations and wearing a facial Read on...