Select board and board of health close town buildings and delay caucus and election
UPDATED GUIDANCE AND ANNOUNCEMENTS OF CLOSURE OF CERTAIN TOWN OF PLAINFIELD FACILITIES
Effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 at noon and until April 7, 2020 unless notice is otherwise given, the Town of Plainfield is enacting the following actions and closures to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus:
Town Hall, 348 Main Street
Closed to the general public. Town committees are encouraged to cancel or postpone meetings. If meetings must be held, public meetings will be conducted by remote participation as outlined in Governor Baker's Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §20 effective March 12, 2020, which nullifies the previous procedure on public meetings. Recordings or transcripts of these meetings will be available on the town website.
Town Office, 304 Main Street
Closed to the general public. Staff will work regularly scheduled hours. Individuals who have business to conduct with town staff should contact staff to make appointments.
Shaw Memorial Library, 306 Main Street
Closed to the general public. Staff may work during scheduled hours.
Transfer Station and Compactor, 184 East Main Street
Open during regularly scheduled hours. The public is requested to take precautions and avoid close contact with each other and with the attendant.
Town Highway Garage, 184 East Main Street
Closed to the general public. Staff will work regularly scheduled hours.
Public Safety Complex, 38 North Central Street
This secure facility remains closed to the general public. Contact the fire chief with any questions.
Town Caucus and Town Election
Postponed. To be rescheduled. The town caucus, originally scheduled for this Wednesday night, March 18, is postponed. Both the caucus and the election will be rescheduled at a later date.
Town safety and emergency personnel are prepared and equipped to respond to situations as they arise. We urge all residents to follow recommendations from public health authorities about behaviors and practices to help prevent transmission of the virus. All persons are urged to maintain social distancing (approximately 6 feet from other people) whenever possible and to continue handwashing, use of sanitizer, and practice proper respiratory etiquiette. All higher risk people should avoid large gatherings. Higher risk individuals include older adults, anyone with underlying health conditions (such as heart or lung disease, diabetes), anyone with a weakened immune system, and anyone who is pregnant. Please see the news item from the Board of Health for more information.
This is a rapidly changing situation. The select board and board of health will be evaluating the situation regularly and will work to keep residents informed as additional measures are taken. The most current information will always be available on the town website, at plainfield-ma.us.
Posted: to Board of Health on Sat, Mar 14, 2020
Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2020