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Updates will continue to be posted to the Town’s website at Weston.org/COVID19 and will be issued via email/text, as well as through the Town’s social media channels. Subscribe to receive these “News Flash” email/text messages at Weston.org/StayInformed by entering your email or cell phone number, clicking “sign in” and selecting Latest Town News and/or Public Safety News. Be sure to verify the subscription(s) so you receive them.
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:
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:
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:
The following are updates to Weston’s Town Services. These will also be detailed on Weston.org/Status.
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.
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.
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.
The building is reopening to 25% staffing but is not open to the public. Employees remain available via email to help residents.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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