COVID-19 Coronavirus Mask Requirement Order 5/1/2020 - Town & School Closings - Town Meeting Postponed

Town of Wareham
May 23, 2020
Public Beaches Open


OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE• BOSTON, MA 02133 
(617) 725-4000

Effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020, any person over age two who is in a place open to the public in the Commonwealth, whether indoor or outdoor, and is unable to or does not maintain a distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering, except where a person is unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition or the person is otherwise exempted by Department of Public Health guidance. A person who declines to wear a mask or cloth face covering because of a medical condition shall not be required to produce documentation verifying the condition. This requirement applies to all workers and customers of businesses and other organizations open to the public that are permitted to operate as COVID-19 Essential Businesses as defined in Appendix A of COVID-19 Order 13, as extended by COVID-19 Orders 21 and 30. 

All persons are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings at all times when inside grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retail stores. All persons are also required to wear masks or cloth face coverings when providing or using the services of any taxi, car, livery, ride-sharing, or similar service or any means of mass public transit, or while within an enclosed or semi­ enclosed transit stop or waiting area. 

All persons are strongly discouraged from using medical-grade masks to meet the requirements of this Order, as medical-grade masks should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders. 

The Commissioner of Public Health is directed to issue guidance, subject to my approval, to implement the terms of this Order, which shall include guidance for the use of face coverings by children between the ages of two and five years old. 

If a customer refuses to wear a mask or cloth face covering for non-medical reasons, a business may decline entry to the individual. 

The Department of Public Health, local boards of health and authorized agents pursuant to G. L. c. 111, § 30 are authorized to enforce this Order and if necessary may do so with the assistance of State or municipal police. Violation of the terms of this Order or Department of Public Health Guidance may result in a civil fine of up to $300 per violation, in the manner provided for non-criminal disposition of violations of municipal by-law, ordinance, rule, or regulation pursuant to G. L. c. 40, § 21D. 

This Order is effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020, and shall remain in effect until rescinded or until the emergency is terminated, whichever happens first. 

CHARLES D. BAKER GOVERNOR 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts


TOWN MEETING POSTPONED TO JUNE 15, 2020


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Good afternoon,

This notice is to serve as a reminder that in order to help the taxpayers during this difficult time the Wareham Board of Selectmen have voted to move back the due date for fourth quarter Real Estate and Personal Property taxes from May 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020.  This is the furthest extension they are allowed to do under Governor Baker’s new legislation.

Additional information:

The Deadline Date for Real Estate Exemptions and Deferral Applications has also been extended to June 1, 2020 from the original Deadline Date of April 1, 2020.  Please contact the Assessing Department for additional information.

(508) 291-3160

assessor@wareham.ma.us

During the Current Public Health Emergency, the Town Treasurer/Collector’s office is closed to the Public.  However, there remain several payment options available to the public.  Payments can be made via:

Online Payment through the Town Website -  This is the preferred and fastest method.  There is no fee when paying from a checking or savings account and 2.95% when paying by credit or debit card.  https://www.wareham.ma.us/treasurercollector/pages/online-tax-bill-payme...

Payments via Mail – Please mail to Lockbox:
Town of Wareham
PO Box 578
Medford, MA 02155-0006

Payments via Phone:
City Hall Systems
(508) 381-5455

Payments via Drop Box – There is a silver payment drop box on the left hand side of the parking lot entrance to the Town Hall located at 54 Marion Rd.

If you have any questions for the Treasurer/Collector’s Department they can be reached at (508) 291-3150. 

COVID-19 Cases in Wareham

There has been a significant increase to Wareham’s confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Some reasons for the spike are because of increased testing and the nursing home cases.  However, this should serve as a reminder that we are still in the middle of this pandemic.

ACTIVE WAREHAM COVID-19 CASES AS OF APRIL 25, 2020

General 54
Nursing Home 36
Assisted Living 2
Total Active Cases 92

Since we began receiving information about positive cases, Wareham has had a total of 103 positive cases.  There are currently 92 active cases, 7 people recovered and sadly 4 people have passed.

The Town is not currently requiring the use of facemasks when in public.  However, we strongly recommend that you utilize a facemask when in public places.  If you are utilizing facemasks or gloves please properly dispose of them.

Here are some ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

Stay home; this includes your home and property.

Have groceries delivered to your doorstep.

Avoid contact with others by keeping a distance of at least six (6) feet between you at all times.

Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub

Do not touch your face

Monitor yourself for fever, cough or shortness of breath, which are some of the main symptoms of COVID-19.  If you develop any of these symptoms, please call your doctor’s office.  If you do not have a primary care physician, please call the Southcoast Health 24/7 COVID-19 Nursing Triage Hotline at 508-973-1919

We know that social distancing can be difficult for seniors.  If you have elderly family, friends or neighbors please take this time to call them and see how they are doing.

We are not out of the woods from COVID-19 and understand that the current disruptions to all our lives are difficult.  Your help matters most on stopping the spread of this deadly virus.  Thank you to all who have sacrificed so much and worked hard to help combat the spread of COVID-19.    

Respectfully,

Derek Sullivan
Town Administrator


Town of Wareham
COVID-19 Coronavirus Announcement
April 25, 2020

ALL TOWN OFFICES CLOSED TO PUBLIC

PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED THROUGH END OF SCHOOL YEAR

ONSET FIRE STATION - CLOSED TO PUBLIC
WAREHAM FIRE STATION - CLOSED TO PUBLIC 

Town playgrounds, basketball, tennis and other recreational facilities - CLOSED
Public Beaches - CLOSED TO PUBLIC