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Town Hall and Town Offices Closed to Public Effective Today
Town Administrator Frank Lynam announces that all Town of Whitman public buildings and town offices are closed until further notice. These actions have been taken to advance social distancing measures and as a precaution against coronavirus.
As a precautionary measure, effective today at noon, all town offices and buildings have been closed to the public until further notice. Town offices will continue to be staffed and residents who need to conduct town business can call 781-447-7600. Departments will schedule appointments on a case by case basis.
The town has also begun to take the necessary steps to cancel non-essential government meetings. For now, town staff will continue to report to work as scheduled and provide services to residents via phone, email and online.
“The decision to close all public business and offices was made in an effort to enhance social distancing, and to emphasize the importance of taking precautionary measures during the COVID-19 situation,” Town Administrator Lynam said. “This remains a fluid situation, and we will keep residents informed as decisions are made.”
Active Town Closures and Cancellations
The following will be closed until further notice:
The Whitman Police and Fire Departments will respond to emergency calls for service as normal, but will temporarily suspend walk-in, non emergency services. Residents are asked to contact the police business line at 781-447-1212 and the fire business line at 781-447-7626 or send an e-mail for non-emergencies.
On Sunday, March 15, Governor Charlie Baker announced new guidelines for all Massachusetts residents to promote social distancing and help to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
In accordance with the most recent guidelines outlined at the state level, Whitman’s closures are a proactive step to limit the potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
PreventionThe COVID-19 situation is very fluid, and new information and guidelines are being posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a regular basis. The CDC offers the following guidance for how COVID-19 spreads.
If anyone displays symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, they should not go to work or school and are advised to contact their primary care physician. According to the CDC, symptoms of the virus appear within 2-14 days of exposure.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) recommends that residents continue with good hygiene practices including:
For more information, visit the DPH website by clicking here and the CDC’s website by clicking here.