Supporting our community and each other during this crisis is imperative. Our COVID-19 Community Resources page is dedicated to providing local community programs, initiatives and assistance to help our community members young and old through these difficult times. Please check back on this page often and share with others.
Please continue to visit our Sandwich COVID-19 Communications Page for all Town & Health Advisory updates
Food Assistance Resources
Sandwich Food Pantry Provides groceries for those in need. Applications for new clients can be taken at the drive through site at the back of the food pantry. Please visit http://sandwichfoodpantry.org/ for more information.
Elder Services of the Cape and Islands Still providing in home caregiver services and registration for Meals on Wheels. Please visit https://www.escci.org/ for more information.
COVID-19 & Extra Emergency SNAP Benefits: What You Need to Know Visit this link to understand the changes in SNAP benefits during COVID19.
Cape Cod Family Table Collaborative to Offer Hot Meals in Sandwich
A drive through hot meal pick up will be offered to those in need including families, individuals, and seniors will be offered by The Cape Cod Family Table Collaborative on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 from 4-6PM at Sandwich High School. Read the full press release and share with anyone in need!
Massachusetts Special COVID-19 Grocery Store Hours
**Be sure to check the SPECIFIC LOCATION for changes and updated schedules**
Stop and Shop
Housing Assistance Resources
Heating Assistance Resources
The Housing Assistance Corporation remains open to assist with home heating issues. Income qualified seniors can apply for financial help replacing a faulty heating system. Other programs related to housing security are offered. Please visit https://haconcapecod.org/
SSCAC.org Applications for Fuel Assistance are still being accepted through April 30, 2020. Applicants can call 508-746-6707 or 877-FUEL AID Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:15AM to 3:00PM to complete a telephone intake. Please visit http://www.sscac.org/ for more info.
Senior Transportation Services
Cape Cod RTA is still providing limited DART (Dial-A-Ride/Door-to-Door) buses for essential transportation services such as to the grocery store or a pharmacy. Seniors should schedule a trip in advance by calling by noon the day before they need a ride (800-352-7155).
Senior Health & Well Being Resources
- Cape Samaritans Senior telephone outreach program. Please visit http://capesamaritans.org/our-
programs/#senior-outreach-for more information. program
- Center for Disease Control CDC COVID-19 information for older adult. Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/
coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-for more information. extra-precautions/people-at- higher-risk.html
- Silver Sneakers Pantry Basics Eating well with basic pantry staples. Please visit https://www.silversneakers.
- Silver Sneakers Safe Senior Workout Simple and safe senior exercise to do at home. Please visit https://www.silversneakers.
com/blog/fyp-balance-workout-for more information. older-adults/
- Senior Sneakers Adult Focus Exercise Exercise to do at home with older adult focus. Please visit https://www.silversneakers.
com/blog/fyp-10-minute-total-for more information. body-follow-along-workout/
- AARP Tax Info Updated information on tax preparation. Information for those who had appointments cancelled at the COA. https://www.aarp.org/money/
- SHINE Barnstable County SHINE taking telephone appointments for Medicare and Mass Health enrollment or questions. Please visit https://www.bchumanservices.
net/initiatives/shine/for more information.
- Elder Services of the Cape and Islands Still providing in home caregiver services and registration for Meals on Wheels. Please visit https://www.escci.org/ for more information.
2-1-1 Call Line Established by the MA Dept. of Public Health
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announces the launch of 2-1-1 to provide COVID-19 information and referrals 24/7. Massachusetts 2-1-1 will now provide real-time COVID-19 information, resources, and referrals in multiple languages. This expansion is the result of an increased investment in resources directed towards this 24-hour state supported telephone hotline. Residents with questions should call 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone. Callers dialing 2-1-1 will hear an automated menu of options. Callers press 2-6 for Coronavirus. Residents can also reach 2-1-1 through a live chat option via their website. Click to visit the Massachusetts 2-1-1 website.
As we work together as a Town, region and country to re-open our communities safely and effectively, we will offer guidance here for our businesses and citizens to better understand the current status of re-opening as well as provide guidelines to ensure we continue on a safe and common path together.
On May 18 the Baker-Polito Administration announced a comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.
- Visit the Mass Webpage:https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts
- View the full report:https://www.mass.gov/doc/reopening-massachusetts-may-18-2020/download
- Guidance for specific business sectors:https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-when-can-my-business-reopen
Business Requirements for Re-Opening
Information to help businesses meet the self-certification requirement to reopen. All businesses must meet these requirements before reopening. Businesses operating to provide Essential Services, as defined in the Governor’s March 23, 2020 Executive Order, updated on March 31, April 28 and May 15, may remain open and have until May 25, 2020 to comply with these mandatory safety standards.
- All businesses and activities, as they reopen, must meet mandatory minimum safety standards.
- Massachusetts businesses must develop a written control plan outlining how its workplace will comply with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 reopening period. This template may be filled out to meet that requirement. Control plans do not need to be submitted for approval but must be kept on premise and made available in the case of an inspection or outbreak.
- Customer facing businesses are required to print, sign, and post the compliance attestation poster in an area within the business premises that is visible to workers and visitors.
- Posters must be displayed within the business premises to describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning/disinfecting.
CDC Re-Opening Resources & Recommendations
The CDC has published guidelines to assist employers in making re-opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.