Update: Monday, May 4th – 5:00 p.m.
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.
In This Update:
- In the surge - state and county numbers
- Weston’s cases (these numbers represent only town residents)
- Face coverings in public places
- Social gathering prevention measures remain in place
Also in this update:
- Do you need help?
- Visit Weston.org/Status for updates on Town Departments - absentee voting and mail-in voting options, Q4 tax deadline extension
- Additional resource links
In the Surge: Remain Vigilant
As of today’s reporting, there are now 69,087 people in Massachusetts who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 4,090 people have lost their lives. The number of positive cases in Massachusetts grew by over 4,700 and the number of deaths increased by 374 since Friday. Middlesex County still has the largest number of people in the state who are confirmed positive (15,757, which is up by 1,150 since Friday), with Suffolk County right behind (13,941, which is up 646 since Friday).
MassDPH is providing daily Response Reporting, which includes daily and cumulative confirmed cases; cases by hospital, county, and age/sex/ethnicity; testing by date; deaths; hospital capacity; nursing home data; and PPE distribution. An archive of MassDPH’s past reports is available on the state’s website.
With the virus still spreading, residents should continue to be vigilant in ensuring safety and hygiene. Stay at home as much as possible, unless it is for essential items such as food or medicine - which should be minimized as much as possible. If you need to venture out, the Governor has ordered for all Mass. residents to wear a mask in public when social distancing is not possible. Be sure to wash your hands before leaving, maintain a 6-foot physical distance, and wash your hands immediately upon returning home. Be sure to sanitize everything you touched (wallet, car steering wheel, credit card, etc.). Weston Firefighters filmed two tutorials for residents to know how to properly don and safely doff a face mask, as well as how to safely remove gloves.
If you are going outside for fresh air and exercise, please do so with your own immediate family and maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others. With the Governor’s face covering order, be sure to bring one in case the trails are crowded and maintaining a safe distance is not feasible. See also Weston.org/Trails for additional information.
Cases in Weston
With the assistance of the Weston Emergency Reserve Corps and the Weston Public School nurses, Weston’s Health Department is reporting:
- 132 Weston residents positive for COVID-19 (Weston numbers include lab test confirmed  and presumed positive , the state reports lab test confirmed)
- 46 residents have recovered from COVID-19
- 21 residents have passed away
- 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
Weston is not a big town and it is in the county with the most COVID-19 cases. We all need to work together and be even more vigilant about staying at home and practicing physical distancing and proper hygiene
in order to reduce the spread.
Face Coverings in Public Spaces
On Friday, Gov. Baker issued an executive order for all Massachusetts residents to wear a facial covering when in a public space (indoors or out) and when social distancing is not possible. This order goes into effect officially on Wednesday, May 6th and applies to all individuals over the age of 2.
Residents will need to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth whenever entering a public space and should be prepared always by carrying one with them whenever leaving their home or property. If you are walking around your neighborhood or on the trails, be prepared to don a mask in case physical distancing becomes difficult. Parents should speak to their children about this order and ensure they have a face covering with them when they leave the house and to put it on in a public space where a 6-foot distance cannot be obtained.
This order was issued to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus as individuals could be asymptomatic, yet be quite contagious.
All individuals are asked not to use medical-grade masks for personal use, as these should be reserved for first-responders and medical personnel due to the difficulty in obtaining the amount needed to safely perform their jobs. Additional details can be found in the executive order itself.
Weston Firefighters filmed a tutorial demonstrating how to properly don and safely doff a face mask, so as to prevent contaminating yourself.
In the Time of Masks, PHYSICAL Distancing Will Still Save Lives
We understand that staying at home is increasingly difficult and the mandatory face covering order is going to bring some relief to those who did not venture out, but remember that increased hand washing, sanitizing, and maintaining a 6-foot physical distance is still the best way to help keep the spread of the virus down.
If you are not observing a 6-foot physical distance when in public (indoors or out) or covering your nose and mouth in public spaces, or following essential hygiene protocols, then do so. It’s NOT about your convenience, it’s about other people’s lives.
Social Gathering Prevention Measures Remain in Place
Many measures have been put in place to dissuade people from social gatherings in order to reduce community spread of the virus that causes the potentially fatal COVID-19 disease. The mandatory face covering order will not automatically end these measures. Please continuing following these emergency measures and practicing safe physical distancing. The Emergency Management Team is currently reviewing when and how these measures can be lifted. Your continued cooperation is greatly appreciated.
- All municipal, recreation, and school playgrounds are closed
- Dogs must be on leash on all Weston land at all times (that means all sidewalks, trails, & fields)
- Outdoor group activities are prohibited - off-leash group dog play on fields, outdoor games (including golf, tennis, basketball), or informal "pickup" activities, even if less than 10 in number
- MassDCR-owned Leo J. Martin public golf course is closed
- Regis College sports and recreation facilities are closed
- School fields, track, and courts are closed
- Municipal, Recreation, Conservation parks, fields, and trails can be accessed by individuals and families from the same household - group activities are prohibited. See Weston.org/Trails for additional information
- Cat Rock is closed to out of town visitors and dogs MUST be leashed
- Town Election and Annual Town Meeting have been postponed - no date yet determined - see message from Town Clerk regarding absentee/mail-in ballot applications
- Government meetings are held online
- Municipal buildings are closed at least until May 18th and school buildings are closed for the remaining school year
- All school children should remain at home and avoid public gathering places - going outdoors for play and fresh air is OK so long as group activity is limited to immediate family and a 6-foot physical distance is maintained
Do You Need Help?If you are in need of assistance
- food pantry, filing for unemployment, mental health resources, or assistance with domestic violence - Mass211
is a 24/7 hotline where you can speak with someone to get you the help you need. Mass211 provides an online directory as well, where you can find the information by zip code through HelpSteps
if you do not wish to speak to someone. Also know that you can call Weston’s dispatch (for Fire and Police) at 781-786-6201 for assistance.
Society of St. Vincent dePaul
Do you know someone who lives or works in Lincoln or Weston and who might need food or help with emergency expenses? St. Julia Parish, through its St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) conference, operates a food pantry and may assist with emergency medical or housing expenses. Please call St. Julia parish office at 781-899-2611 and leave a message; a member will call contact you.
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
REACH is a non-profit organization providing safety and support to survivors of abuse. REACH provides free and confidential services in both English and Spanish to all survivors regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or income level. For more information or support, please visit our website at www.reachma.org
or call our 24/7 hotline at 800-899-4000.
We All Need Help Sometimes and So Do Children
Watch for signs from your child/teen
who may need help, and call your pediatrician.
Watch for signs from your young child
(0-5) who may need help, and call your pediatrician.
Q4 Tax Due Dates Extended & Penalty Interest Waived
Weston’s Select Board voted to extend due dates for real and personal property tax payments and applications for exemptions, as well as a waiver of interest on certain municipal tax and other bills paid by June 30, 2020. Continue reading for more detail...
Absentee and Mail-in Voting for Town Election
As Town Officials await guidance from the state regarding how and when the Annual Town Election can safely be held amidst the ongoing public health emergency, the Town Clerk is preparing now for absentee and mail-in voting to alleviate in-person voting crowds. Residents are encouraged to prepare now by submitting their absentee or mail-in ballot applications. Continue reading for additional information...