In our continued efforts to communicate with our residents and local businesses about the ever evolving situation of the coronavirus pandemic, the Town of Easton has established this COVID-19 Information page. The Easton Emergency Management Agency (EEMA), made of numerous town officials and departments including the Easton Police Department, Fire Department, Department of Public Works, Public Schools, Board of Health and the Town Administrator’s Office, is in regular communication with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and is monitoring the situation closely to provide timely updates as they become necessary.Facebook and Twitter for important updates and information. You can sign up for Town Crier emails to receive a weekly email and important notices. Sign up for Massachusetts COVID-19 text alerts to get up-to-date alerts sent directly to your phone, text COVIDMA to 888-777. The Town has a dedicated COVID-19 Information Line available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at (508) 230-0783 or COVID19@easton.ma.us.
Status of Town Services:
In keeping with the Governor’s continued emergency actions limiting gatherings and other efforts to maximize social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Town Offices and Frothingham Hall continue to provide services remotely through online platforms and other means Monday through Friday of each week. The Town is now also offering limited in-person service via appointment for those residents who cannot have their service needs met by remote means. All remote service information, departmental contact information, and the in-person appointment policy and instructions are, available by clicking here. To review the Town of Easton Interim Inspection Policy during COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency, please click here. This policy is applicable to all inspectional staff, including the Building Department, Board of Health, Planning, Zoning, Conservation, DPW, Water, and Assessors. The Town appreciates your continued patience and support as we all do our part together to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Easton COVID-19 Case Update:
As of November 18, 2020, there have been 478 positive cases of COVID-19 in Easton.
Due to a change in the way the State of Massachusetts is now reporting the data associated with positive cases of COVID-19, we will no longer be posting a daily case count. Our access to a daily number no longer reflects an up accurate representation of the current community case trends. Please click here to view state wide data that is charted by the date the test was performed and more accurately reflects current trends. Easton's case data is updated weekly here by the State.
Click here for past press releases and additional news and information.
Updated Face Covering Order:
Effective Friday, November 6, 2020, Governor Baker issued an Order that requires all persons to wear face masks or cloth face coverings in all public places, even where they are able to maintain six feet of distance from others. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Exceptions include children under the age of 5 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition. To review the order and for guidance, please visit this page.
Stay at Home Advisory:
Effective Friday, November 6, 2020, a Massachusetts stay-at-home advisory is in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., with residents urged to stay home except to go to work, for a walk, or to the grocery store. To review the advisory and for guidance, please visit this page.
Revised Gathering Order:
Effective Friday, November 6, 2020, Governor Baker issued an Order that reduces the limit for gatherings at private residences; indoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings at private residences are limited to 25 people. The new order also requires that all gatherings (regardless of size or location) must end and disperse by 9:30 p.m. Organizers of gatherings must report known positive COVID-19 cases to the local health department and cooperate with contact tracing.
Reopening Town of Easton Regulation:
The Board of Health in the Town of Easton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, in accordance with and under the authority of Section 31 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth, adopted the REOPENING EASTON DOCUMENT FILING REQUIREMENT REGULATION at a meeting of the Board of Health May 20, 2020. This Regulation is adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor’s and the Town of Easton’s Declaration of a State of Emergency and to further implement and supplement the Governor’s May 18, 2020 Reopening Massachusetts plan issued by the Baker-Polito administration on May 18, 2020 in response the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. This Regulation is intended to protect the health of the general public in the Town of Easton by requiring sectors to file copies of the documents required under the Reopening Massachusetts plan namely, the COVID-19 Control Plan and the Self-Certification Checklists. The Governor's Reopening Massachusetts plan and guidance documents can be found here.
Most Recent Select Board Meeting Update:
November 16, 2020-Presented by Town Administrator Connor Read
Real Estate, Personal Property, Excise, Trash, and Water Bill Payments:
Due dates and interest charges have resumed a normal schedule. We encourage online bill payment via https://epay.cityhallsystems.com/selection. Payments can also be made by US mail or can be placed in the drop box in front of the Town Offices at 136 Elm Street. Cash cannot be accepted at this time. If paying via US mail, please direct to: Town of Easton, Collector’s Office, 136 Elm Street, Easton, MA 02356, or use the envelope and remittance coupon included with your paper bill. If you are having difficulty paying your bills, there are options available in certain cases. Please call the collector’s office at 508-230-0610.
Easton Public Schools:
Information from the Easton Public Schools can be found on their dedicated COVID-19 Information and Resources webpage.
COVID-19 Public Resources Map:
This map shows the location of resources available to the public during COVID-19 pandemic, such as food banks, spiritual health and Project Bread site locations. Please note that this map is not inclusive of all resources, and is only as accurate as the information provided to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Click here to access the MEMA COVID-10 Public Resources Map.
Financial Assistance for Residents and Businesses Impacted by COVID-19:
Please click here for financial assistance resources.
Local Business Assistance from the Small Business Administration:
New loan programs for small business owners and non-profits are available under the CARES Act, including up to $10 million under the Paycheck Protection Program: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options. Find more information about all of the loan programs here.
Rescission of Reusable Bag Ban:
Effective Friday, July 10, 2020, the Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health has rescinded a previous order that temporarily banned the use of reusable bags at grocery stores.
Nursing Home Family Resource Line:
The Nursing Home Family Resource Line is a dedicated phone line to connect family members of nursing home and rest home residents with the information and resources they need. This new phone line provides one central contact for families and community members who have questions about the nursing home or rest home care their loved one is receiving during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Nursing Home Family Resource Line is staffed from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, seven days a week, at 617-660-5399. Staff will field questions on a range of topics and coordinate across state agencies to help provide answers.
- Easton Department of Health and Community Services COVID-19 FAQ: Click here
- Town of Easton Official Website: www.easton.ma.us
- ECAT (Easton Community Access Television: www.eastoncat.org
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health: www.mass.gov/covid-19
- Massachusetts 2-1-1 general COVID-19 information: Click here or dial 2-1-1 (24/7)
- United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
- Local Business Assistance from the SBA
Questions about Coronavirus?
If you or your family develop symptoms consistent with COVID 19, you should contact your primary care physician to discuss next steps including possible testing. The test must be ordered by a physician.
If you have specific question you need to ask, the Mass 211 call center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mass 211 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community. It serves as a resource for finding government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources. Always a confidential call, Mass 211 maintains the integrity of the 9-1-1 system saving that vital community resource for life and death emergencies.
Coronavirus: Managing Anxiety and Stress:
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. The CDC website has resources on how to manage anxiety and stress.
Additional resources can be found at Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
As we navigate through this new “normal”, we cannot reiterate how important social distancing is to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Social distancing is the act of limiting human contact and increasing the physical space (approximately 6 feet) between people to help slow the spread of disease.
Social distancing includes the following:
· Stay 6 feet away from people
· Cancel mass gatherings
· Work from home
· Stay home as much as possible
Why is this so important?
COVID-19 seems to be transmitted by close contact, inhalation of droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your face, mouth or nose. Even people who don’t feel sick and have no symptoms can be infected and spread the virus. Distance will help minimize the chance of spreading the virus to others. Please remember that we all have a role in lowering the curve of the number of positive cases moving forward. We are all in this together.
Currently, Governor Baker has several orders in place requiring social distancing. Gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people, elementary and secondary schools are closed and all non-essential businesses must cease in person operations. These actions will help, but we ALL must do our part by following the orders and practicing social distancing to the best of our ability:
- DO NOT gather outside in large groups. It has been observed around town that large groups of adolescents are congregating. Adolescents are also at risk of contracting COVID-19. Even with mild or no symptoms, people can pass the disease to others. Restricting access to school buildings will have little impact on public health if these best practices are not followed in good faith.
- Go outside to exercise but stay 6 feet away from others not in your household.
- Visit with friends virtually using online apps.
- Check out electronic resources available at the Easton Ames Free library.
- Get take out from a local restaurant. To be extra safe, when you get home with your food, take it out of the containers, throw those out, and then wash your hands thoroughly before eating.
- Museums are offering free online tours.
- Musicians are livestreaming shows.