Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for June 2.
COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
June 2 update
Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here:
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 of June 1, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 119 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; 10 of those cases are active, with 96 recoveries and 13 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard.
Executive Order Issued in Advance of Phase II of Reopening Massachusetts – NEW UPDATE
On Monday, June 1, Governor Baker issued an Executive Order that provides a detailed list of businesses and activities that fall into Phases II, III and IV of the commonwealth’s Re-Opening Plan. The Order also permits all Phase II enterprises, including retail, to begin preparations to safely resume operation in advance of the start of the second phase. In addition to the retail sector, the Executive Order details further requirements for the safe resumption of amateur youth and adult sports and outdoor dining. Effective immediately, the Executive Order permits Phase II businesses to reopen their physical workplaces to workers only to conduct necessary preparations prior to the start of Phase II. Preparations include but are not limited to completing a COVID-19 control plan, implementing sector-specific protocols, and complying with Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards.
124th Boston Marathon To Be Held Virtually
The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) has announced that the 124th Boston Marathon will be held as a virtual event, following Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s cancellation of the marathon as a mass participation road running event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual Boston Marathon will be complemented by a series of virtual events throughout the second week of September. For more information, click here.
Under Phase 1 of Massachusetts Reopening Plan, town athletic fields are now open under the following guidelines:
● Users should sanitize hands before and after play, not share equipment, and clean and wipe down equipment.
● When engaged in play, users should avoid touching other users’ equipment in separate areas.
● Users waiting to utilize a section or area of the field should wait outside the field of play until previous users have vacated the facility to ensure proper social distancing and prevent accidental contact of other users’ equipment.
● Users should not engage in pickup games, organized games or tournaments.
● Families living in the same residence may engage in field and park activities such as catch, Frisbee, picnics without face coverings and the use of social distancing if they can do so without engaging persons outside of their immediate family.
These fields include: Fruit Street athletic fields, Carrigan and EMC baseball fields, Daniel Shays, Emerald Hills, Pyne Field and Reed Park.
Playgrounds remain closed until further notice.
The school fields are to stay closed for the remainder of the school year. School fields will reopen, with limitations, after the last day of school, June 17.
Gov. Baker’s Reopening Advisory Board released a significant amount of new information and guidance on May 18. Some additional businesses are allowed to open during Phase 1, although specific standards must be met by these businesses prior to being allowed to reopen.
Businesses operating to provide essential services, as defined in the governor’s March 23 Executive Order, updated on March 31, April 28 and May 15, may remain open and have until May 25 to comply with these mandatory safety standards. In addition to the mandatory safety standards, all businesses must meet these standards before reopening:
● COVID-19 control plan template — Template that satisfies the written control plan requirement for self-certification
● Compliance attestation poster — Poster that customer facing businesses are required to print, sign, and post in an area within the business premises that is visible to workers and visitors
● Employer and worker posters — Posters that businesses can print and display within the business premises to describe the rules for maintaining social distancing, hygiene protocols, and cleaning and disinfecting.
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Complete list of Emergency Orders and Guidance from Mass.gov