Town COVID-19 Status Updates
Town of Sandwich COVID-19 Current Status
Town of Sandwich, MA- Town of Sandwich convened numerous meeting of the COVID 19 Command Team to discuss operations. The Command Team is comprised of the Fire Chief, Police Chief, Emergency Management Director, Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager, School Superintendent, Director of Health and Public Health Nurse. Seebelow for Recent News & Regional Coronavirus Info.
May 4th, 2020
Town of Sandwich, MA- Thank you to everyone in our community for patience, calm and continued commitment to social distancing.
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR IMPORTANT TESTING Information
Town of Sandwich COVID-19 PSA Videos
The Town of Sandwich COVID-19 Command Team and Town Departments have produced a number of informational Public Service Announcement Videos (PSAs) to assist in conveying the status of the Town and other health information. Please see the most recent PSA below and visit our Sandwich COVID-19 PSA Videos Page to view all PSAs.
Election Day Preparation - Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Please see the Elections Tab below to read about the precautions for Election Day and the expectations to help it be a successful turnout!
Town Offices Remain Closed to Public Through May 18th
Sandwich Town Offices are closed to the Public through May 18th, 2020. Many of our staff are working remotely and can respond to inquiries and requests for service. Your continued support and patience is most welcome. Please check each departmental page for more information.
Election Day Preparation – Tuesday, May 19, 2020
The following measures have been established to ensure the safety of our election workers and the voting public:
• Health screening for election workers – health & temperature check, voluntary serology testing
• PPE supplied to poll workers to include face masks and gloves
• Public Safety detail officers will wear either surgical mask or N95 masks and gloves
• All polling places will have doors and windows open for air movement
• Social distancing markings and barriers installed to guide voters
• Election workers will be trained in hygiene, sanitation and social distancing procedures
• Hand Sanitizer provided upon entrance and exit
• Facilities staff will routinely sanitize polling locations and booths
• Plexi-glass barriers will be placed on tables to separate poll workers and voters
• Voting booths will be at least 6 feet apart
• Single use pencils will be provided
• Voters are strongly urged to wear cloth face coverings to the polling place
You can help! Please continue your good hygiene practices, wash your hands, keep your hands away from your face, wear a mask and be respectful courteous and caring for your fellow voters and election workers. If you do plan to VOTE on Tuesday we will look forward to safely and courteously supporting your right to vote.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 TRANSFER STATION RESPONSE PLAN (Amended for Phase 1 – May 18, 2020)
In response to the circumstances related to the CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Town of Sandwich has developed a Response Plan to maintain essential service while keeping our staff and residents safe. Below is an explanation of the modified operations implemented at the Transfer Station.
Hours of Operation
Monday CLOSED Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 8AM to 4PM (Closed Wednesday night)
Thursday 8AM to 4PM
Friday 8AM to 4PM
Saturday 8AM to 4PM
Sunday 8AM to 4PM
Note: To reduce large crowds, we recommend avoiding the Transfer Station during the following peak hours of traffic:
• Weekdays from 11AM to 2PM
• Weekends from 11AM to 1PM and 3PM to 4PM
• Solid Waste (trash) in blue Pay-As-You-Throw bags
• Standard Recyclables (cans/plastics/bottles and mixed paper)
• Books (these are recycled into toilet paper and paper towels)
• Yard Waste (leaves/grass clippings) Note: to reduce traffic, yard waste only will be accepted Tuesday, May 19. Regular yard waste drop-off will resume Wednesday, May 20.
• Non-Fee Items (eg, metals, oil, batteries, anti-freeze, clothing, fluorescent bulbs)
Items Not Accepted
• All Bulky Waste & Fee Items (eg, rugs, mattresses, tv’s, tires, furniture)
• White Goods/Appliances (eg, washer, dryer, stove, dishwashers) Other Services Not Provided
• One-Trip Ticket (Only sticker holders will be allowed into the Transfer Station) o Local options for disposal include Bourne ISWM Facility and New Bedford Waste located at 295 Service Road in Sandwich)
• No commercial disposal
• Composted material will not be available We respectfully request that residents hold on to non-acceptable items until normal operations resume.
These modified operations will remain in effect until further notice. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this public health emergency.
Various Sandwich Board and Committee meetings are available online to view either during the meeting by watching on our LIVESTREAM option on Sandwich Community Television (SCTV) or by viewing previously recorded meetings at any time on SCTV. Visit our Online Meeting Videos Page for more information. Audio Only files can also be found here.
Sandwich Board of Health Mask Order April 15, 2020
Sandwich Board of Health Requires Face Masks for essential employees, highly recommends that consumers wear a face covering. ) All employees of all essential businesses shall wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when interacting with the public and within six feet of a co-worker. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, which should be left for medical professionals and first responders. All essential businesses shall post on their main entrance doors that it is highly recommended that the consumer entering the store wear a face covering. Please view the following documents for full and supporting information:
DECLARATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ORDER
FY20 Q4 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes Extended to June 1st
The Town of Sandwich has extended the due date of the FY20 Q4 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes from May 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020. For further information or questions please contact the Town Collector’s office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please view the full official notice and documentation here.
Town Meeting, Town Election and Open Meeting Law Declaration
During its meeting of April 2, 2020 The Board of Selectmen voted the following:
- The March 23, 2020 Special Town Meeting Postponed to April 13th is cancelled
- The Annual Town Meeting is now scheduled for Monday, June 15, 2020
- The Annual Town Election is postponed to Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
Town of Sandwich Encourages Early Voting!
Sandwich COVID 19 Command Team needs your help! The Annual Town and Special State Election are both scheduled for May 19, 2020. While the Town Clerk and our team has preparations underway to make this election as safe as possible for our employees and the public, the most responsible thing you can do is to vote through the mail. Recently enacted emergency regulations now allow for early voting for both elections. Early Vote Applications can be found here on our Town Clerk’s page.
Read the Full Press Release Here.
Public Service Announcement #18 - Town & State Special Election – Tomorrow May 19, 2020:
Discussion of Town Clerk preparations, update on cases over the weekend and discussion of application for seating flexibility for restaurants in light social distancing and occupancy limitations.
Public Service Announcement #17 Increases in Healthcare Industry Related Cases & Discussion on Outdoor Restaurant Seating
Sandwich sees increase in healthcare industry related coronavirus cases, 61 recovered, no hospitalizations. Discussion about proposed flexibility for outdoor restaurant seating to offset occupancy limitations likely to be required for dining room reopening.
Town of Sandwich Building Closures Effective 4:30PM Monday, March 16th
Effective 4:30 PM Monday March, 16th 2020 ALL TOWN BUILDINGS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC until Monday, April 6th or until further guidance is issued by the Town of Sandwich COVID 19 Command Team.
This closure includes but is not limited to:
- Human Services Building
- Public Library
- Oak Crest Cove
- Sandwich Hollows Golf Course
- Sandwich Marina
- Town Hall
- Town Hall Annex
- All Town Services at 16 Jan Sebastian Drive
- Transfer Station open to sticker holders only.
Town Staff will be available to support business operations electronically or by phone. Please continue to check for updates on our website.
Effective March 25th 2020
The Town of Sandwich COVID COMMAND TEAM is concerned about the health of our community. In response to observed disregard for social distancing ALL basketball courts are closed per order of the Board of Health. We agree with the National Parks Association and the CDC that mental health is a top concern associated with the COVID -19 outbreak. Our recreational areas, beaches, trails and parks remain open because we recognize the value of open space and fresh air to support both physical and mental health. You can help by avoiding direct contact activities and by sharing the recommendations of National Park and Recreation Association for using open space while maintain social distance. https://www.nrpa.org/about-national-recreation-and-park-association/pressroom/NRPA-statement-on-using-parks-and-open-space-while-maintaining-socialdistancing/
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
You can help slow the spread of this virus. Please Stay at Home, if you must go out keep your social distance. Routine handwashing is essential. Make every effort to sustain your personal health; eat healthy food, get outside for fresh air and try to get a good night’s sleep. We encourage independent outdoor activity however you must sustain social distance and avoid common contacts.
Town of Sandwich Modified Operations
The Town has authorized modified schedules and work from home for some employees in support of social distancing and redundancy capability in the event a quarantine or illness occurs. Our working staff will do our best to meet the needs of the community and to continue the essential services of our Town. All departments will have staff available during regular working hours either on-site or remotely to respond to telephone calls and electronic communications.
Transfer Station Hours –Stickers Only
To reduce large crowds, we recommend avoiding the Transfer Station during the following peak hours of traffic: Weekdays from 11AM to 2PM and Weekends from 11AM to 1PM and 3PM to 4PM. Only Trash and Standard Recyclables (cans, plastic, bottles, and mixed paper) are allowed. No other items will be accepted.
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday 8am - 4pm (No Evening Hours)
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm
Saturday 8am - 4pm
Sunday 8am - 4pm
Stickers only. As always, blue bags are required.
Inspectional Services. Applications for Inspections will be accepted by phone or through our online permitting tool. Most outdoor inspections will continue. Where possible, inspections may be deferred to a date and time in the future. Interior inspections such as plumbing, electrical, etc. may be substituted with photographs & video at the inspector’s discretion. Annual Certificates of Inspection will be placed on hold for now. https://www.sandwichmass.org/201/Building-Department and http://sandwichmass.org/1506/Online-Permitting
Department of Public Works – Contract road drainage and repair work will continue until further notice. Staff will monitor email and respond. The Community can continue to use See Click Fix to report a problem or request service. Crews will be available on an as needed basis. https://seeclickfix.com/sandwich_2/report?locale=en
Sandwich Hollows Golf Course. The Clubhouse will be closed. Golfers will be allowed to make tee times by credit card payment online through the GolfNow application or by phone only. Golf carts will be washed by pressure washer after every use and interior will be wiped with disinfectant. http://www.sandwichhollows.com/
Sandwich Marina. Staff working remotely with outside crew continuing safety repairs. https://sandwichmarina.com/ Fuel dock, office building and the marina playground are closed to the Public.
Practicing Preventative Measures
You can help by practicing social distancing and continuing preventative measures. We encourage residents to continue to take steps to prevent the spread of the COVID 19 respiratory virus by:
· Sustaining Social Distance
· Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
· Cover your coughs and sneezes.
· Stay home if you are sick.
If you would like to help by making a donation to the Council on Aging to assist seniors with food or prescription insecurity, please send a check to made payable to the:
Council on Aging
COVID 19 response
Mail to - 270 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537
Please reach out to your elderly neighbors and others who may be in need.
IMPORTANT TESTING UPDATE:
**Testing Will ONLY be Provided with a Doctor’s Order! No Exceptions!!**
Cape Cod Healthcare to Partner with Barnstable County to Begin Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing with Doctor’s Orders
(Hyannis, MA – March 16, 2020) As of March 16, 2020, Cape Cod Healthcare, in partnership with Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, will provide drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing to patients with a doctor’s order from Cape Cod Healthcare. Testing will be held at Cape Cod Community College at 2240 Iyannough Road from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week initially...please click here to view FULL Cape Cod Healthcare Press Release.
See below for more info and Visit the Barnstable County Health and Environment Website for full details.
1. Call your doctor. YOUR DOCTOR DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A DOCTOR IN THE CAPE COD HEALTHCARE SYSTEM.
2. Your doctor will screen you over the phone.
3. Your doctor will determine if you should be tested.
4. If the doctor determines you should be tested, they will fax your information and a prescription for testing to Cape Cod Healthcare.
5. Cape Cod Healthcare will then contact you to set up an appointment and provide instructions.
6. REMEMBER you must have an appointment to get tested or you will be turned away. There are NO EXCEPTIONS!
7. Finally, if you do not have a doctor, contact the Cape Cod Healthcare Urgent Care Center.
Town & State Special Election – Tomorrow May 19, 2020- Discussion of Town Clerk preparations, update on cases over the weekend and discussion of application for seating flexibility for restaurants in light social distancing and occupancy limitations... Read on...
The DPW will allow yard waste drop-off at the Transfer Station on Tuesday, May 19 from 8am to 4pm. Yard waste includes grass and leaves only, no brush. No other materials will be accepted this day. Normal yard waste drop-off will resume on... Read on...