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Posted on: June 3, 2020

COVID-19 Updates: Reopening Weston

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Wednesday, June 3rd 

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In This Update:

  • Weston’s response to reopening
  • Update on Town Departments and Services

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Reopening Weston

Town Officials and the Emergency Management Team are reviewing the state’s reopening guidelines for Phase 2 of the Four Phase Plan, as they become available. Unanswered details that affect Weston’s Town services still remain, such as the Recreation Fields, Town Election, Town Meeting, etc. 

As the guidelines become available, the Team consults with Department Managers to help shape the reopening plans. The following considerations are taken with the decision-making

  1. Massachusetts is the third hardest-hit state in the U.S.
  2. Middlesex County (the largest county) is the hardest-hit county in the state
  3. Weston is one of several hardest-hit towns
  4. Safety for both staff and residents
  5. Sufficient amount of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is still difficult to obtain, but getting a bit better 

When departments and services become publicly available, they will NOT be offered in the same way as before. The process to reopen Weston is going to be a slow and steady approach to allow for the safety of staff and residents. Additionally, new procedures and protocols will be in place to accommodate safety guidelines and this may take some time to become familiar. 

Please note, Phase 2 will not automatically begin unless:

  • the Public Health Indicators permit (see below) the move, AND
  • Weston can safely accommodate the state’s guidelines

Municipalities and demographics vary, so what works for one town may not work for another.

The main point for everyone to focus on: The state’s plan is inherently the responsibility of every person to work cooperatively to ensure the following four key actions are upheld on a daily basis:

  1. face coverings in public spaces
  2. physical distancing
  3. increased hand washing and sanitation
  4. staying home when feeling unwell - check your symptoms online

The following are updates to Weston’s Town Services. These will also be detailed on Weston.org/Status.

Weston Public Library - Curbside Pick-up

The Library is not yet reopen to the public but is offering contactless curbside pickup of materials starting June 5th. For full details, including reserving of materials in advance of pickup, visit ww.westonlibrary.org/curbside. Please be patient with this current schedule, as the Minuteman system as a whole is affected and all staff are not on site at once. The Library will expand its curbside hours as they are safely and able to do so.

Weston High School Graduation and Parade

Per state guidelines, the graduation ceremony will be a drive-in scenario, which will be held at the High School fields, and is limited to family only. Families are to remain in their cars, which will be parked a determined distance apart from the other. However, a car parade will be held on June 7th in various locations around town and residents wishing to cheer on the WHS Class of 2020 are welcome to do so safely and with proper distancing.

Recreation Programming: Camps and Memorial Pool

The Weston Recreation, working with local and state officials, has come to the unfortunate conclusion to cancel its traditional summer camp offerings. The Recreation Staff and Commission will continue working with local officials to develop safe alternative summer programs within the new safety guidelines provided by the state. Details and open registration will be announced when that time comes. 

Weston Recreation has also been working diligently with state officials over the last couple months to learn and understand what adjustments would be needed in order to safely open the Memorial Pool. Unfortunately, given the upfront investment needed and the ongoing uncertainty from the state, it will not be feasible to safely operate this summer. All badges purchased to date will be fully refunded. Please know, arriving at this conclusion was extremely difficult. Substantial changes were expected, including strict limitations on attendance and time per visit, as well as closing the changing areas, the sandbox, and diving board, among others. 

Additionally, pool operation involves a significant investment in a normal season. The  investment would be greater this season with the necessity of additional staff to enforce new regulations and carry out new practices. And yet, safety concerns persist along with the potential of closing again due to an uptick in coronavirus spread.

Town Hall

The building is reopening to 25% staffing but is not open to the public. Employees remain available via email to help residents. 

Transfer Station

The solid waste and recycling facility is now open to normal operating days (Tues., Wed., Fri., & Sat. 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Residents need to wear a face covering when on site and are urged to conduct their business as quickly as possible (minimize the socializing, please). Remember, Saturdays are busy so look to Wednesday and Friday to offset a potential for a line to enter.


Remain Vigilant so We Can Get to Phase 2

Reopening of Massachusetts is NOT a return to before times. The Governor’s Stay at Home Advisory is now the Safer at Home Advisory, which gets to the heart of the current environment:  we are all safer, and are keeping vulnerable populations safer, when we stay at home.

Residents should continue to be vigilant in ensuring safety and proper hygiene: 

  • stay at home as much as possible, even with the face covering order
  • MassDPH created a short video explaining what face coverings are appropriate for use
  • stay at home if you are susceptible to infection or have a vulnerable person within your household
  • If you need to venture out, wash your hands before leaving and maintain a 6-foot physical distance
  • sanitize everything you touched (wallet, car door handles, steering wheel, credit card, etc.)
  • wash your hands immediately after touching/removing your mask 
  • Weston Firefighters filmed two tutorials demonstrating how to properly don and safely doff a face mask and how to properly remove and dispose of gloves
  • avoid cross contamination when using masks and gloves
  • If you are going outside for fresh air and exercise, do so with your own immediate family and maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others
  • Bring a face covering with you in case the trails are crowded and maintaining a safe distance is not possible. See also Weston.org/Trails for additional information

Contact Tracing in Weston

As of today, there is still no community spread of the virus in Weston and the number of positive cases has not increased in one week’s time. Early precautions and measures taken had really helped the control of community spread. 

Contact tracing is increasingly important, especially in the coming weeks and months. Please:

  • Answer a call from the Weston Health Department
  • Call 781-786-5030 if you have a doctor diagnosis of COVID-19 without being tested
  • Call 781-786-5030 if you have arrived to town from foreign or domestic travel

The Four-Phase Plan to Reopen

The Baker-Polito Administration released its framework and report for reopening the state on Monday. To summarize, the process will be a very cautious, methodical, and data-driven phased approach in order to avoid the risk of further spread of the virus. It is not in any way an instantaneous rewind to before times. 

June 3rd indicators used in determining the next phase:

state c19 dashboard 6.3

Each phase of the reopening plan will last at minimum 3 weeks and different sectors/businesses will reopen at each phase but only if a decline in the number of infections and hospitalizations support it. If the numbers trend negatively, the state can return to the previous phase. Details of the reopening plan can be found at Mass.gov/Reopening. Here you will find:

June 3rd Status:

Public Health indicators 6.3

More Information

Prevent making others sick or getting sick yourself - steps everyone should be taking now and as we move forward, consider these your New Normal

COVID-19 Information and Guidance - health and human services resources

COVID-19 Infographic for Safety - printable version

Update on Town Departments and Services

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