COVID-19 Update: Reopening Weston
Friday, May 29th
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In This Update:
- Weston’s response to reopening
- Update on Town Departments and Services
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, Pool, Camps, 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:
- Massachusetts is the third hardest-hit state in the U.S.
- Middlesex County (the largest county) is the hardest-hit county in the state
- Weston is one of several hardest-hit towns
- Safety for both staff and residents
- 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:
- face coverings in public spaces
- physical distancing
- increased hand washing and sanitation
- 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
Public curbside pick-up of materials is currently scheduled to be held one day per week, starting Friday, June 5th. See the WestonLibrary.org website for details on how the service will work. Please be patient with this current schedule, as the Minuteman system as a whole is affected. The Library will expand its curbside hours as they are able and safely.
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. Families are to remain in their cars, which will be parked a determined distance apart from the other.
Additionally, a car parade will be held in various locations around town. Details will be released via Latest Town News the week of June 1st.
Weston Recreation is seeking immediate resident feedback.
The Department continues to work with state and local officials to determine its ability to safely offer Summer Camp programs, opening Memorial Pool, and other summer programming. Time is of the essence, however, and staff is currently seeking opinions to better understand resident needs and interests for alternate summer programming, should that becomes necessary. Please take this online 3-question survey, which will help focus planning efforts.
The annual Concert on the Green series, which traditionally kicks-off in mid-June with the Ice Cream Social, has been cancelled for this year. The series was scheduled to be held at the Field School’s outdoor amphitheater due to the Town Center construction. The outdoor gathering cannot be conducted in a safe manner, per state guidelines.
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.
The building is reopening to 25% staffing but is not open to the public. Employees remain available via email
to help residents.
Remain Vigilant 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.