Update: Wednesday, May 20th – 5:00 p.m.
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In This Update:
- The re-opening framework
- Safer at Home Advisory
- State reopening resources
- Weston’s response to reopening
- Weston’s numbers
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.
The plan is inherently the responsibility of every person to work cooperatively to ensure the four key actions are upheld on a daily basis:
- face coverings in public spaces
- physical distancing
- increased hand washing and sanitation
- staying home when feeling unwell - check your symptoms online
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:
Safer at Home
Again, the Reopening of Massachusetts is NOT a return to before times. The Governor’s Stay at Home Advisory is now the Safer at Home Advisory and this really sums it up: we are all safer, and are keeping vulnerable populations safer, when we stay at home. It’s pretty much what we’ve been doing since March. We’re good at this by now, Weston, so keep at it.
Remain vigilant in being cautious with a highly infectious disease and courteous to those who are most at-risk. The required face covering is for the protection of others due to the possible asymptomatic nature of the virus. If you cannot keep a 6-foot physical distance from another person, especially when outside, you need to cover your mouth and nose. Have one with you every time you leave your house.
MassDPH created a short video explaining what face coverings are appropriate for use. 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. Please also watch this short video about using gloves so you can avoid a false sense of security when using them, as well as cross-contamination.
As Town Officials and the Emergency Management Team unpack the guidelines and report of the state’s reopening approach, there remain unanswered details that affect Weston’s Town services, such as Library, Pool, Camps, Election, Town Meeting, etc. These are still being worked through at the state level and the Team continues working towards reopening Weston safely and within the guidelines provided by the state, as well as keeping key coronavirus points at the forefront of the discussions:
- Massachusetts is the third hardest hit state in the U.S.
- Middlesex County is the hardest hit county
- Weston is one of the hardest-hit towns
- Sufficient amount of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is still difficult to obtain
Department Managers are submitting plans to the Team as to how their departments will work within the state guidelines. These details will be announced through this update, as well as Weston.org/Status when they become available.