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.

Wednesday April 8th, 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-10 PSA Videos Page to view all PSAs.

Town Offices Remain Closed to Public Through May 4th

Sandwich Town Offices are closed to the Public through May 4th, 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.

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.

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.

April 4, 2020 Press Release

Sandwich COVID 19 Command Team Update: Sandwich sees recovery from COVID & reminds of Governor’s Order relative to lodging. COVID -19 Command Team reports 11 cases of coronavirus recovered with two more cases expected to be recovered tomorrow. We are grateful for the recovery or our first cases but continue to prepare for an increase in the number of coronavirus cases. Even with preparations made, we are concerned about the capacity of our community healthcare system to provide for our citizens when they do get sick. To protect yourself and others and slow the spread of the virus we ask that you please stay safe and stay at home. 

Please view full press release & order here.

Public Service Announcement #7 Beaches, Family Safety & Communications, and this isn’t your ordinary Library!

Beaches, Family Safety & Communications, Library. The Director of Public Health and Chief Burke advise families with caretakers and adult dependents to develop safety and communications plans for loved ones to ensure continuity of care should a caretaker become ill with coronavirus. On a lighter note – Library Director, Joanne Lamothe covers Ivy League courses for free, turtle time, virtual resources and Zoom (Zumba)!

Click to View PSA #7 on YouTube

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Public Service Announcement #6 with Director of Public Health, Dave Mason and Fire Chief, John Burke and Police Chief Peter Wack

 Town Leaders from the COVID-19 Command Team share response status report and discuss preparation and impact of the coronavirus on Public Safety Staff. Community Members are reminded to Stay Home and please be respectful of others and keep your 6 foot  distance if you must be out.

Click to View PSA #6

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Public Service Announcement  #5 with Director of Public Health, Dave Mason and Fire Chief, John Burke and Sandwich Chamber of Commerce

Your first weekly update from representatives of the COVID -19 Command Team with special Guests, Denise Dever, Executive Director of Sandwich Chamber of Commerce and Brandon Babiarz, Chef & General Manager, Marshland Restaurant  and Vice Chair, Board of Directors discussing challenges, adaptation and resources for the business community.

Click to View PSA #5

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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. 

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  2. March 23, 2020
  3. March 20, 2020
  4. March 17, 2020

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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    Town Meeting, Town Election & Open Meeting Law Declaration

    The Board of Selectmen voted the following: March 23, 2020 Special Town Meeting Postponed to April 13th is cancelled Annual Town Meeting is now scheduled for Monday, June 15, 2020 Annual Town Election is postponed to Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Please visit.. Read on...
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    Town Offices are closed to the Public through May 4th, 2020

    Town Offices are closed to the Public through May 4th, 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... Read on...