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COVID-19 - RESOURCE / ARCHIVE PAGE
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A Message from the Town Administrator:
Posted: March 31, 2020 - 7 PM
Good Evening Nahant residents, this is Tony Barletta, Town Administrator, calling with a number of Coronavirus updates.
Speaking on behalf of the Board of Selectmen, all Town employees and the residents of Nahant, our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the Nahant resident that passed away over the weekend due to complications associated with the Coronavirus.
The number of people that will be impacted by the Coronavirus is increasing by the day and our number one priority is the health and well-being of you all.
The truth is, whereas Nahant is such a special community and essentially we all know each other, it is likely that someone close to us will eventually contract the Coronavirus.
I say this not be an alarmist, but to advise you of the harsh reality that we are currently experiencing. It is important that we come together as a community and we as individuals, change our own behavior because it may change your neighbor’s life. Also, it is important to understand that these changes may be in place for a while.
Remember that we are in this together, and together, we will get through this difficult time. Yesterday, the Town created a new website that will act as a central location for all information related to the Coronavirus. Please visit nahantcovid19.com
Last week, we created a hotline that is open from 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday and 9am to 12pm, Saturday and Sunday.
If you have any non-emergency COVID-19 related questions, please call 781-771-2121.
Effective yesterday, all non-essential public buildings are closed to the public to at least Monday, May 4th. This coincides with the Governor’s Emergency Order issuing all schools and non-emergency daycare programs to remain closed until Monday, May 4th.
We understand that the DCR will be closing the parking lot on the causeway soon. Therefore, we encourage all residents to purchase their resident parking sticker for on street parking where permitted. Please go to Nahant.org and click on the parking sticker information hyperlink to purchase your sticker.
Please note that all town parking lots will be closed until further notice.
All Town playgrounds will also remain closed until further notice.
The Town’s open spaces, recreational fields and beaches will be open for passive recreation only.
Again, these changes have been made to help encourage social distancing and prevent groups of people in close proximity to each other.
We understand the importance of getting outside and the benefits that can have on your physical and mental health. However, we must put practices in place that will encourage these activities at safe distances.
Tomorrow night at 6:00 PM the Board of Health will be hosting a virtual Town Hall meeting to provide updates and information about how the Town is reacting to the Coronavirus.
Residents will have the opportunity to participate by phone or online by following the link on the Board of Health posting which can be found on the Nahant.org Community Calendar or on nahantcovid19.com
Lastly, I know this is a stressful time for all of us and I ask that you practice patience and remember that we all play a part in battling this virus.
Once again, I thank you all for your cooperation and wish everyone good health.
A Message from the Town Administrator:
Posted: March 24, 2020 - 7:30 PM
Good Evening Nahant residents, this is Tony Barletta, Town Administrator, calling with a number of Coronavirus updates. You can find all of these updates on our website Nahant.org.
Governor Baker issued an emergency order that went into effect today, Tuesday, March 24th at noon. This emergency order requires all businesses and organizations that do not provide COVID-19 essential services to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, to customers and to the public until Tuesday, April 7th at noon.
For further information and details regarding the Governor’s emergency order, please visit mass.gov or you can find webpage links to relevant information on the Town of Nahant website. This emergency order does have an impact on Town of Nahant businesses and organizations.
Effective today, all non-essential public buildings are closed until Wednesday April 8th and non-essential Town employees are working remotely.
For non-emergency Town services, we ask that you contact us by email and the appropriate contact information can be found on Nahant.org
Today we have established a non-emergency COVID-19 hotline that will be open from 8 AM until 4 PM Monday through Friday and 9 AM until 12 Noon on Saturday and Sunday.
If you have any non-emergency COVID-19 related questions, please call (781) 771-2121. Again, for non-emergency COVID-19 related questions, you can call Nahant’s hotline at (781) 771-2121
The Johnson Elementary School was planned to be closed until Monday, April 6th per a previous Executive Order by the Governor. However, today’s emergency order by the Governor supersedes and therefore, the Johnson Elementary School is now closed until Wednesday April 8th.
As a reminder, all Town playgrounds are closed until further notice. And with school closures, we understand the need to access the Town’s open space and recreational fields.
However, we are encouraging residents to avoid gatherings of 10 people or more, practice social distancing and refrain from recreational activities that include physical contact or sharing of sports equipment.
The Council on Aging is providing delivered meals to Nahant seniors and has organized personal food shoppers for those in need. You can reach the Council on Aging by calling (781) 581-7557.
Nahant’s Inspectional Services will continue to operate but the main office and inspectors will be conducting their work remotely as much as possible. You can reach Inspectional Services by calling (781) 581-5263.
Locally, Seaside Variety and Richland convenience stores remain open but are limiting the amount of patrons and practicing 6 foot social distancing.
Dunkin Café and Seaside Pizza are also open but for take-out only.
All other non-essential businesses, including but not limited to, function halls, hair salons and the golf course are closed per the Governor’s emergency order until at least Tuesday April 7th at noon.
Please know that Nahant emergency personnel and health professionals are working around the clock to protect the health and safety of our residents. Also, I would be remiss to mention that all Town employees and volunteers are putting in the extra effort to continue to provide Town services as best as possible under the current circumstances.
We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation as we work together to get through this difficult time.
Nahant COVID-19 Hotline (781) 771-2121
The Line Is Open:
Monday through Friday - 8 AM until 4 PM and
Saturday and Sunday - 9 AM until 12 Noon
Important Protective Measures To Be Aware Of:
- Gatherings of over 10 people are prohibited until April 6th.
- On-premises consumption of food and drink at bars and restaurants is prohibited until April 6th.
- Elementary and Secondary Schools are closed until April 6th.
- Colleges and universities, both public and private, are urged to reduce the need for students to be on campus.
- Employers are encouraged to support alternative work arrangements, including allowing employees to work from home.
- Some government offices are closed, you should check the website or call ahead, to confirm hours of operation.
- MBTA trains and buses are running a reduced service schedule.
- Public & Private daycare providers will be closed effective March 23, and Exempt Emergency Child Care Programs will be established to provide priority access for families of emergency personnel, medical staff, and others critical to confronting COVID-19.
- Professional Licenses for individuals in good standing will be extended for 90-days after the end of the public health emergency.
Local State of Emergency Declared In Nahant
March 17th Announcement
Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the Board of Selectmen and the Town Administrator have declared a Local State of Emergency.
Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 all Town playgrounds will remain closed. This is because playground equipment is deemed a high traffic contact surface. With school closures, the Town understands the need to access the Town’s open space and recreational fields.
However, we are encouraging residents to practice social distancing and refrain from recreational activities that include physical contact or sharing of sports equipment. READ THE DECLARATION HERE
Public Buildings Closures, Fire Operations In Nahant
March 17th Announcement
|UPDATE: Posted 2 PM - Monday March, 16, 2020
Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all public buildings (Town Hall, Library, DPW) will be closed to the public for at least the next two (2) weeks. The Police and Fire Departments should only be open to the public for emergency services. We will continue to evaluate the need for extended closure.
Per the Governor’s Executive Order issued Sunday, March 15, 2020, the Johnson Elementary School will be closed through April 6th, 2020. For up to date information please visit the Johnson Elementary School’s website by clicking here.
NAHANT FIRE PERMITTING OPERATIONS
The Nahant Fire Department will be suspending all permitting operations until 04/01/20. This includes non-essential burning permits and certification of smoke detectors & CO Carbon Monoxide detectors. If you have a medical emergency please call 911 and let the dispatcher know if you are reporting a life threatening medical emergency with flu-like symptoms or respiratory / breathing problems. If you are reporting non-life threatening emergency medical conditions, including flu-like symptoms, consult your primary care physician first.
The public will need to access the Town Hall and other public buildings by phone and email during this time.
COUNCIL ON AGING
The Nahant Council on Aging (COA) daily lunch program, along with other COA and Nahant Public Library sponsored programs and events have been cancelled until further notice. The COA will be contacting patrons with further details.
All non-essential programming at the Johnson Elementary School are suspended/canceled until further notice.
NAHANT BOARD AND COMMITTEE'S
Essential Board and Committee meetings will be conducted via teleconference pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order dated March 12, 2020 until further notice. Public meeting notices will provide teleconference dial-in instructions.
Business Resources For Those Suffering Economic Injury
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today.
Below and attached is the information needed for businesses to apply for economic injury loans from the SBA. There are fliers in English and Spanish.
Govenor Baker and State Announcements
Effective immediately, all non-essential meetings should be canceled as we have a limited number of conference lines. This procedure will be in place until further notice. Meeting via teleconference will be challenging and the added procedure on posting, voting, and timely recordings may seem unnecessary however we must try to be as transparent as possible even during a time that prohibits group gatherings. It is also important that all Committees and Boards follow the same procedure to avoid confusion to the public.
Please see the full guidance (Executive Order) below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Clerk.
Nahant School Department Announcements
Waste Management Trash and Bulk Pickup
Trash & Recycling - COVID-19 Update
Waste Management is taking precautionary steps in response to the latest information from the CDC and other relevant federal, state and local agencies and experts to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
There will be NO disruption to our standard collection service at this time. Bulk items will NOT be picked up as their residential call centers are temporarily closed.
Please call Nahant DPW - 781-581-0026 for any missed trash/recycling.
Our online request form is still available for your convenience.
CDC Fact Sheets and Helpful Information
In response to mounting concerns regarding Coronavirus, the CDC has provided the following resources for elected officials and community leaders to share with your constituents.
|What you should do
||What you should not do
• STAY INFORMED - CDC is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for the public. (www.cdc.gov/ncov)
• REMEMBER TO TAKE EVERYDAY PREVENTIVE ACTIONS that are always recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.
» Avoid close contact with sick people.
» While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
» Stay home if you are sick.
» Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way.
» Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
» Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcoholbased hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
• IF YOU FEEL SICK with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have traveled to China or were in close contact with someone with 2019-nCoV in the 14 days before you began to feel sick, seek medical care. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
• DO NOT travel as per U.S current restrictionsa
• DO NOT use facemasks. CDC does not recommend the use of facemasks for the general U.S. public to prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV.
• DO NOT show prejudice to people of Asian descent, because of fear of this new virus. Do not assume that someone of Asian descent is more likely to have 2019-nCoV.
All persons in the U.S.- including those of Asian descent - who have not traveled to China or been in contact with someone with a confirmed or suspected nCoV case in the last 14 days are at low risk of becoming sick.