The Town of Salisbury would like all residents to refer to this page for information on the COVID-19 virus. Please use this page for updates as they relate to town operations and use the sub-links of this page on the left hand side (below if you are on a smart phone) to see other valuable information that the public should know when dealing with COVID-19.
State Officials Release Thanksgiving Celebration Guidance
The State has released a list of suggestions for enjoying a safe and happy Thanksgiving during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the full press release, CLICK HERE.
Fall/Winter COVID-19 Readiness Measures
The Baker Administration has provided a press release detailing measures the State is taking to protect our citizens from a possible COVID019 spike this fall or winter. These measures include everything from testing to stock-piling PPE. For the full press release, CLICK HERE.
Vaccine Advisory Group Formed
The Baker Administration has announced the formation of a vaccine advisory group to ensure the State is ready to distribute a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 when it becomes available. For the full press release, CLICK HERE.
Transition to Step II of Phase III
Effective Monday, October 5, 2020, the Governor has announced that communities deemed to be lower risk for COVID-19 may move to Step II of Phase III. This announcement contains many specific details for industry specific businesses and events. Changes to outdoor and indoor gatherings are also included in this new step. For more information, CLICK HERE.
CDC Holiday Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control have recently released suggested guidelines for people to follow as they begin to celebrate during the upcoming holiday season. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program
The Baker Administration has announced the award of $3 million in grants aimed at food insecurity as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. To read the full press release, CLICK HERE.
Interactive Map for Community Data
The State has created an interactive map in order for the public to be able to further understand the enhanced community level data that was released starting last week. To view the map, CLICK HERE.
CDC Updates Mask Guidance
The CDC has recently updated mask guidance as it relates to face coverings that contain exhaulation valves or vents and says they should not be worn as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more information, CLICK HERE.
Release of Enhanced Community Level Data
Today, Governor Baker announced the release of new community level data in an effort to control COVID-19. This additional data will be included in the weekly release of the Department of Public Health's dashboard. To see the press release for more details, CLICK HERE.
New Statewide Guidance
On August 7, 2020, Governor Baker announced new initiatives that the State will be taking to stop the spread of COVID-19 especially in high-risk communities which have seen a slight uptick in cases. These initiatives incldue tigher restrictions on public and private gatherings. For the full press release, CLICK HERE.
New Testing Site Added
The Governor announced on August 3, 2020 that as part of the "Stop the Spread Initiative" a new free testing site in Framingham has opened up. This is in addition to the free testing sites in Agawam, Brockton, Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Marlborough, Methuen, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Taunton, and Worcester. For full press release, CLICK HERE.
Expanded Free Testing Sites & #MaskUpMa
Governor Extends Moratorium on Forclosures & Evictions
On July 21, 2020 Governor Baker acted to extend the moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. For the full press release, CLICK HERE.
Governor Announces Free COVID-19 Testing Sites
Governor Baker on July 8, 2020 announced the launch of several COVID-19 testing sites that are free and open to the public around the state. For locations and more details about the initiative, CLICK HERE.
Governor Announces Start of Phase III
On July 2, 2020, Governor Baker announced that Massachusetts would enter Phase III of reopening on Monday, July 6, 2020. For the full press release, CLICK HERE.
Governor Updates Travel Guidance
On June 30, 2020, Governor Baker released and updated travel guidance that now includes New York and New Jersey in the acceptable states that residents may travel to and from without quarantining requirements. For the full press release, CLICK HERE.
Mass. Phase II Step II Information
On June 19, 2020 the Governor released information on Step II of Phase II. This is information as it relates to the four phase approach the state is using to re-open the state and move us towards a new normal of business operations. To see the full press release, CLICK HERE.
Reopening Information for Businesses
Based on the Executive Orders signed by Governor Baker on May 18, 2020 and June 1, 2020, the State has compiled information on different industries and when they can open. The guidance from the state also includes basic precautions businesses must take as well. To see the information, please CLICK HERE.
Massachusetts Begins Phase-2
On June 6, 2020 the Baker Administration announced that Phase-2 of the Massachusetts reopening plan would begin on June 8, 2020. The full press release, which includes links to guidance for businesses that can now open, can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.
Starting on 5/18/2020 Massachusetts has begun a caustious reopening of our economy with the start of Phase 1. For the full press release and details on Phase 1, please CLICK HERE.
Massachusetts Re-Opening Plan
Governor Baker unveiled an outline today stating phases that the Commonwealth will use to carefully open it's economy. Starting around May 18, 2020, the Commonwealth will use the following four phases: Phase 1, Start; Phase 2, Caustious; Phase 3, Vigilant; and Phase 4, New Normal. Phase 1 is where the state will allow businesses with very little human contact to reopen with severe restrictions. Phase 2 is where businesses with some human contact will be allowed to open with restrictions and capacity limits. In Phase 3, the state will begin opening another set of industries with guidance and Phase 4 will happen when a vaccine or therapy is available. All phases will also depend on what the data is showing the state and are subject to change. To see the full press release, please CLICK HERE.
Mask & Face Covering FAQ
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has released a frequently asked questions document to help guide residents in order to comply with the Governor's new face covering order. To see the document, please CLICK HERE.
Masks Now Required in Public
Governor Baker has issued an executive order that will require anyone in public to wear a face covering if they cannot social distance themselves from others. This includes being in a business, outdoors, or on public transportation. Face coverings can be homemade and people are encouraged not to buy medical grade face masks which should be left for medical professionals and first responders. Violators of the order may face up a $300 fine for non-compliance. This order will take effect Wednesday, May 6, 2020. To view the official order, please CLICK HERE.
Governor Extends Emergency Order
Governor Baker spoke on April 28, 2020 and formally extended the order closing non-essential businesses through May 18, 2020. Businesses and organizations not on the essential services list put out by the state are encouraged to continue operating through remote means but are asked not to invite people into physical locations. The Governor also exended the ban on gatherings of ten or more people through May 18, 2020. The Department of Public Health's advisory to residents of Massachusetts that asks people to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel will also remain in effect. For the current list of essential services, please CLICK HERE. For the full press release, please CLICK HERE.
Testing at Community Health Centers & Wi-Fi Hotspots
The Commonwealth announced new initiatives to increase testing and increase access to high-speed internet to underserved communities. For full press release, please CLICK HERE.
Extension of School and Child Care Closures
Governor Baker has extended these closures until June 29, 2020. For the full press release, please CLICK HERE.
Public Works Service Announcement
The Department of Public Works would like the public to know that they are still providing services at full capcity with some modifications. To view the announcement, please CLICK HERE.
Announcement From the Town of Salisbury
Please CLICK HERE for more information.
Commonwealth's Advisory on Face Coverings
To see the full press release on face covering instructions released by the Commonwealth, please CLICK HERE.
Unemployment Insurance Update & Domestic Violence Resources
On April 9, 2020, Governor Baker unveiled details on how the commonwealth will implement unemployment insurance as expanded by the CARES Act and additional resources for the healthcare system and those experiencing domestic violence. To see the press release for unemployment insurance, CLICK HERE and for the press release about additional resources, CLICK HERE.
DPH Grocery Store Order
On April 7, 2020, the Department of Public Health released new guidelines as they relate to the operation of grocery stores that effect their employees and the public. To see the full order, please CLICK HERE.
Additional Funding and Nursing Home Resources
On April 7, 2020 the Governor announced new MassHealth funding and the implementation of new nursing home resources, including a hotline for people to call in and get information of a loved one in a long-term care facility. For the full press release, CLICK HERE.
CVS Launches COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site in MA
The State of Massachusetts, partnering with CVS, has launched a COVID-19 rapid testing site in Lowell. To see the full press release, please CLICK HERE.
Health Department Actions to Combat COVID-19
- The Board of Health in conjunction with the Town Manager of the Town of Salisbury declared a state of emergency March 24, 2020. This action allowed the Health Department to initiate actions in conjunction with the Town Manager’s office to respond to the COVID-19 emergencies on a daily basis to protect public health.
- The City of Amesbury, Town of Salisbury, and City of Newburyport have reactivated the Tri -Town response system to properly respond to future events and coordinate resources similar to the H1N1. We participate in weekly conference calls on Wednesdays at 10 am.
- The Health Director attends weekly conference calls for Regional Health Districts with the Governors Command Center on Mondays, on Tuesday with DPH for all health departments, and Fridays with the Governors Command Center for all health departments.
- The Health Department has received emergency funding to assist in disease investigation and contact tracing. We currently have 8 nurses performing this function and MAVEN is being monitored 7 days a week for up-to-date information.
- The health department has worked with the Amesbury Fire Department to receive up to date positive cases of COVID-19 and implemented an alert notification system. Chief Berkenbush has implemented a COVID-19 response team shared between Amesbury, Salisbury, and Merrimac.
- The Health Department has issued 1 orders for Food Service Establishments and Non Essential Businesses that are being enforced with assistance from the Salisbury Police department.
Update on DCR Reservations, Community Tracing, and the Surge Plan
On April 2 and 3 the Governor released information regarding various initiatives as they relate to COVID-19. DCR will be closing down parking at reservations and beaches to help with social distancing compliance. For that press release, CLICK HERE. Also, the Governor unveiled the state's plan for the surge in COVID-19 cases that are expected to come in the next couple weeks. For the surge plan press release, CLICK HERE. Finally, the state has put together the first in the nation Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC) between the Commonwealth and Partners in Health to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For the CTC press release, please CLICK HERE.
Governor Extends Non-Essential Business Closure
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Governor Baker announced that non-essential businesses will remain closed until noon on May 4, 2020. The Town of Salisbury's public buildings will be mirroring this order and will remain closed as well. Additionally, the Governor also extended other directives as well. To listen to the Governor's March 31, 2020 press conference, CLICK HERE. To see the press release and updated list of essential services, CLICK HERE.
State to Take Further Action in Health Care Industry
On March 30, 2020 Governor Baker announced several measures to increase the Massachusetts health care work force, increase health care volunteers, assist health workers financially, and more. For the full press release, please CLICK HERE.
Massachusetts Income Tax Deadline Extended
On March 27, 2020 the state announced that the income tax filing deadline will be extended to July 15, 2020. For full press release, CLICK HERE.
Governor Baker Files Major Disaster Declaration
On March 26, 2020 Governor Baker announced that the state will be filing a Major Disaster Declaration with the Federal Government which will make the state eligible for additional assistance. For the full press release, please CLICK HERE.
Governor Baker School Closing Update
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker announced that he is ordering all public and private schools, as well as non-emergency day care facilities, to remain closed until Monday, May 4, 2020.
Mass. Launches COVID-19 Notification System
Governor Baker unveiled today a new notification system that Massachusetts residents can sign up for in order to get alerts relating to COVID-19. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
Board of Health Social Distancing Order
On order of the Board of Health, the Salisbury Health Department will be working with the Police to enforce social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 outbreak. To view the whole order, please CLICK HERE.
Governor Baker Order 3/23/2020 - Closing Non-Essential Businesses
Governor Baker has ordered all non-essential businesses to close their physical locations and stop business unless employees can work remotely, starting Tuesday, March 23, 2020 by noon. Some examples of businesses that are considered essential and will remain open are the following:
- Grocery stores and those businesses that support grocery stores
- Gas Stations
- Manufactures of medical devices or products
- Public Transportation
- Restaurants for take-out only so long as they adhere to social distancing
It should be noted that it is suggested that people stay home as much as possible and maintain social distancing at all times. Furthermore, the Governor advised that people should not be using public transportaiton for leisurely means. For the full press release and to see the services that are considered "essential services", please CLICK HERE.
Message from the Director of Senior Services
The Salisbury Senior Center will continue to have meals on wheels and offer other services while the building is closed. For full update, please CLICK HERE.
Response Command Center Update
The MEMA COVID-19 Response Command Center has provided a comprehensive update for citizens. To see the update, please CLICK HERE.
MVRTA Saturday Service Pause
On Saturday, March 21, 2020, the MVRTA will be haulting their fixed route and EZ Trans service and beginning normal operations again on Sunday, March 22, 2020. For the full announcement, please CLICK HERE.
CDC New Guidelines
The CDC released new guidelines today for slowing the spread of COVID-19. The CDC encourages everyone to do their part. To see the new guidelines, please CLICK HERE.
Town of Salisbury to Close Public Buildings in Reponse to Coronavirus
Town Manager Neil J. Harrington announced today that in response to the ever-changing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), Salisbury’s Town Hall, Public Library, DPW Facility and Council on Aging Center will be closed to the public for at least the next three weeks, beginning on Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 3. The Town’s senior tax work-off program will also be suspended during this time period.
The Town is taking this precautionary measure in order to comply with public health directives and suggestions issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State’s Department of Public Health.
During this time, Town offices will be staffed to provide core municipal services, and Town departments will be available to answer the phone and respond to emails. However, residents should anticipate that there will be delays in service during this time.
Citizens are advised to pay any bills due to the Town by using U.S. mail, online payment options via the Town’s website (www.salisburyma.gov ) or the dropbox that is located next to the side entrance to Town Hall. Please note that items other than payments should not be deposited into the drop box. These items include: original applications for projects that need to go before the Planning Board and/or Conservation Commission for approval. Anyone with inquiries about these applications should contact the Planning Department or the Conservation Agent directly. The public may continue to file building permit applications electronically via the Town’s website.
The Governor has issued an emergency order regarding options that cities and towns may exercise in terms of how to conduct meetings of boards and commissions, and the Town will be sending out an announcement on this matter shortly. Updates will also be posted on the Town’s website. Currently, only the March 18 meeting of the Conservation Commission is on the Town’s official meeting schedule for the week of March 16-20.
The Town will continue to monitor pronouncements by public health agencies and the Governor's office on the Coronavirus and will provide updates via the Town's website.
Governor's announcement March 15, 2020
- All public and private elementary and K-12 schools are closed from March 17, 2020 through April 6, 2020.
- Gatherings of over 25 people in a single area are prohibited; this includes concerts, fitness centers, theatres, churches, and more.
- There will be no on-premise consumption at restaurants and bars; take-out only through April 6th.
- Assisted living facilities are to ban visitors to protect the health of residents and staff.
- Licensed pharmacies are authorized to create and sell hand sanitizer over the counter.
Additional Resources for Citizens
COVID-19 Informational Resources
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
- CDC Latest Updates Page.
- The World Health Organization daily Situation Report.
- The Massachusetts Board of Health fact sheet.
- The CDC has a YouTube channel answering questions in video form.