Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for July 6.
COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
July 6 update
While Town Hall and municipal buildings are physically closed to the public, we are open for business. Many transactions can be completed online, and we are available via phone and email to assist during regular business hours. A full town directory can be found here. A box at the front door of Town Hall may be used to drop off correspondence, applications, etc., and they may also be mailed or emailed. As we work on plans to reopen Town Hall and other municipal buildings, we are prioritizing efforts to keep the community safe and help our local businesses reopen.
As of July 3, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 133 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; nine of those cases are active, with 111 recoveries and 13 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard.
Parks and Recreation Playground Group starts July 6 at Center School
Per the Hopkinton Board of Health, while Playground Group is in progress the Center School Playground is closed to the general public. Playground Group runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Aug. 7. Click here for more information on Hopkinton P&R Playground Group.
Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to Third Phase of Four-Phase Approach
Consistent with public health data and trends, Phase 3 of Reopening Massachusetts began today, Monday, July 6. The following businesses will be eligible to reopen in Step 1 of Phase 3, subject to industry-specific rules concerning capacity and operations: movie theaters and outdoor performance venues; museums, cultural and historical sites; fitness centers and health clubs; certain indoor recreational activities with low potential for contact; professional sports teams, under the authority of league-wide rules, may hold games without spectators. Full guidance and list of businesses eligible to reopen in Step 1 of Phase 3 can be found at mass.gov/reopening. Businesses and sectors set to begin opening in Phase 3 are subject to compliance with all mandatory safety standards. Click here to read the full Phase 3 press release.
Fire Department Inspections
Beginning Tuesday, July 7, the Hopkinton Fire Department shall resume scheduling and conducting home smoke and carbon monoxide inspections required by M.G.L Chapter 148 Section 26F and 26F 1⁄2. Those inspections deferred under Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Order No. 12 will have 90 days from the rescind date, July 10, 2020, to have their inspection completed. For your family’s safety, and those of our inspectors, increased precautions shall be taken while conducting home inspections and will be explained upon scheduling your appointment. Please click here for a guide to selling your home in Hopkinton. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Health Department Inspections
The Hopkinton Health Department intends to resume the inspection of permitted establishments on July 7, 2020. The Department will screen the person in charge before entry. The inspections will be shorter in duration than before. The report will be digital and emailed to the person in charge upon completion.
Library To Begin Accepting Returns, Beginning Curbside Pickup
The book drop will be open for returns from 9:30-4:30 weekdays beginning Monday, July 6. Please do NOT leave returns outside the library when the book drop is closed. They may be lost or damaged and you will be responsible for the resulting replacement fees. Click here for more information about returning your materials.
Today (Monday, July 6) we launched curbside pickup for patrons with new holds requests. Click here for full information about our curbside pickup service, including instructions on finding items and placing holds.
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