Status of Town of Maynard Programs and Services
Updated April 2, 2020
Town Administrator Greg Johnson and the Maynard Public Health Staff report that the Town of Maynard is taking a number of steps to limit the spread of COVID-19, the illness associated with the novel coronavirus, which the World Health Organization declared to be a global pandemic.
Maynard Town Hall is closed to the public until May 4th due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Staff will be available by email and phone. Staff will return time sensitive voicemails as soon as they are able, but response times may be slower than during typical business operations. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work together to promote the public health.
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- Maynard Town Hall is closed to the public until May 4th per the Department of Public Health’s Stay-At-Home Advisory.
- Schools and non-emergency childcare programs are closed until May 4, 2020 in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts
- To facilitate social distancing as part of the local effort to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Town of Maynard has CLOSED all public playgrounds, including standalone playgrounds, playgrounds within parks, as well as the dog park to the public starting Tuesday, March 17th, 2020.
- The Maynard Public Library is closed until further notice. No fines will be charged on the days that the library is closed.
- The Council on Aging is closed to the public. The COA van service is continuing to provide transportation for essential services only (medical appointments, grocery shopping, pharmacies, etc.). Staff will be available via phone Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 978-897-1009.
- Public Health staff has contacted all Maynard food establishment with information on specific Food Code requirements that will help establishments and employees limit the potential spread of Coronavirus or any influenza virus as well as a list of EPA approved disinfectants, and food code regulations.
- The Town of Maynard is committed to supporting businesses and nonprofits during this difficult period of closures and restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19 infections in our region. Please visit our resource page for more information.
- The Maynard/Acton Commuter Shuttle has temporarily stopped operation. Please check back for updates
- The Maynard Police Department announced that members of the department are offering pick-up and delivery services for vital supplies for residents identified as being at a higher risk of serious health complications should they contract the virus.
- The Maynard Fire Department announced that all non-emergency inspections have been suspended until further notice. The certification of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will continue, however, and residents should call ahead to schedule an appointment. The Department’s business line is 978-897-1014.
- The Baker-Polito Administration has announced an emergency order temporarily modifying the state’s open meeting law in order to allow state, quasi and local governments to continue to carry out essential functions and operations during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. For more information about how this applies to Maynard Public Meetings, please contact Assistant Town Administrator, Megan Zammuto, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Baker-Polito Administration Announces Extension of School and Non-Emergency Child Care Program Closures and Steps to Ensure Housing Stability To Support COVID-19 Response. All schools and child care programs will be closed until May 4th.
- All schools and child care programs are closed through May 4th.
- Residents are advised to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary activities during this two-week time period. Residents over 70 years of age or with underlying health conditions, who are considered at high risk when exposed to COVID-19, should limit social interactions with other people as much as possible.
- Massachusetts 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are free and confidential. Interpreter services are available in multiple languages.
- All restaurants are limited to take out and delivery.
- Gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited in Massachusetts.
- Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open.
- MBTA has reduced service.
As always, if anyone displays symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, they should not come to work or school and they are advised to contact their primary care physician.
The DPH recommends that residents continue with good hygiene practices including:
- Practice good hand hygiene! Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including under your fingernails. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) can be used when soap and water are not available.
- Keep your hands away from your face.
- Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing with a tissue and discard it immediately. Cough into the sleeve over your elbow instead of your hand. Wash your hands often when coughing and sneezing.
- Practice social distancing, keep a distance of 6 feet away from others.
- Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
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Beware of Scams
Please be aware of potential scams during this time:
- If anyone claims they have a right to check your house, please call the Maynard Police Department (911) right away.
- Please be aware of cyber criminals exploiting Coronavirus through emails posting as legitimate medical or health organizations. Contact the MPD at 978-897-1011 if you suspect online criminal activity.
- Please review emails that ask for charity donations for studies, doctors or to assist victims.