March 2020 Newsletter (COVID-19)

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Dear Friend --

We've experienced very trying times in the past week due to the COVID-19 outbreak here in the United States and the uncertainty it truly means and brings for the foreseeable future.  Mayor Hedlund and his staff have worked hard to make hard but necessary changes effective Friday, March 13th.  If you have not done so already, please read Mayor Hedlund's Immediate Release on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Emergency Declaration.  A summary of changes that may affect you are as follows: 

The following are effective until Monday, March 30, 2020.  Please visit the town's website and social media pages for any changes or updates:  

  • Weymouth Public Schools are cancelled.
    • Starting Tuesday, March 17, from 11am - 1pm, bagged student lunches will be available for pick up at Seach Primary School and Abigail Adams Middle School for anyone who needs it.  This will be available on weekdays starting Tuesday.  (No weekends) 
       
  • Weymouth Elder Services have suspended programming and events.
    • Outreach, Transportation, SHINE and Tax assistance will continue to take place. (Tax assistance has been cancelled on 3/14/20)
    • Meals On Wheels will continue to use the McCulloch building for food prep and delivery.

  • Weymouth Public Libraries have suspended group programing.
    • Each branch is open for regularly scheduled hours.  

  • Weymouth Teen Center is suspended.
    • Assistance through Youth & Family Services is still available. 

  • Weymouth will not issue any special event permits and will reach out to currently permitted events during this time.  This includes organized events through Weymouth Recreation.  

  • Non-essential government meetings will be cancelled.  
    • The Governor ordered that towns may make public meetings more available by remote participation (phone/video conference).  The town is working to set this system up.  More details will be forthcoming.  𝐶ℎ𝑒𝑐𝑘 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑐𝑎𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑎𝑟 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑒𝑏𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑢𝑝𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑠𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑑𝑢𝑙𝑒𝑑 𝑚𝑒𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠.

  • Limit going to Town Hall and other town buildings.  Try to conduct your business through the town's website, by email or phone call.  
  • Weymouth is NOT closing town buildings to include McCulloch Building, libraries, and Town Hall with the exception of school buildings.  

  • Weymouth Food Pantry has a pop-up Food Pantry TODAY, Saturday March 14 from 10am - 1pm at Old South Union Church in Columbian Square.  For times and locations, please click here.  If you know of any family or children who are financially burdened during this time and having trouble getting food, there are many resources here that can help.  Please don't hesitate to reach out or contact them for assistance.  

 

Helpful Links for updates and information during this time: 

Massachusetts Department of Public Health 

Center for Disease Control

South Shore Hospital - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Weymouth Food Pantry

Weymouth Public Schools

Mayor Hedlund addresses COVID-19 on WETC

Cardinal O'Malley suspends Catholic Mass - please check with your church for cancellation of services

Remember that if you feel sick, stay at home.  The important things to look out for are fever, dry cough and shortness of breath.  Click Here for guidance on what to do if you suspect you may have been infected with COVID-19.

The grocery stores are mobbed and numerous "stock up" items are sold out.  There are many people willing to help out so please check in on your friends, families and neighbors.  We are Weymouth and there is always people here who want to help.  As always, feel free to reach out to me through email (rhaugh@weymouth.ma.us) or by phone (781-908-4434).  

Very respectfully, 


Becky Haugh
www.beckyhaugh.com
781-908-4434