Town COVID-19 Status Updates

Image of Coronavirus CellTown 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. 

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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.

Three red white and blue election ribbons hanging in a rowElection 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!

  1. Town Offices
  2. Election Day Procedure
  3. Transfer Station Procedure
  4. Virtual Meeting Info

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.

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
MASK SIGN

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 towncollector@sandwichmass.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. 

Please visit the Town Manager’s Page for additional info and the full Open Meeting Law Declaration.

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.  

Click to Watch PSA #18 on YouTube

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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.

Click to View PSA #17 on YouTube

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Sandwich Town Seal Extra SmallIMPORTANT NOTICE

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. 

  1. Social Distancing Measures
  2. Town Modified Operations

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) 

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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.

  1. Preventative Measures
  2. Testing Information

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.

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    Sandwich 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... Read on...
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    PSA #18: Town & State Special Election – Tomorrow May 19, 2020

    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...
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    Department of Public Works Transfer Station Reminder– Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 YARD WASTE (Grass and

    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...