Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for June 24.
COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
June 24 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 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 June 23, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 121 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; one of those cases are active, with 107 recoveries and 13 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 weekly Public Health Report — NEW UPDATE
The Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report includes enhanced, more granular information to be updated on a weekly or biweekly basis, including town-by-town case and testing information, cases and deaths in long-term care facilities, updates on nursing facility audit results, and more:
Reopening Massachusetts — REMINDER
On Friday June 19, Gov. Baker announced that Step 2 of Phase 2 of the four-phased approach to reopening Massachusetts would begin today, Monday, June 22. Step 2 of Phase 2 allows for indoor table service at restaurants, close contract personal services, retail dressing room (by appointment only) and offices at 50 percent capacity.
Before these sectors can resume operations under the guidelines, businesses must meet all safety standards, create a COVID-19 control plan, and complete a self-certification.
When can my business reopen?
Massachusetts launches a revamped COVID-19 testing website
The new testing website can be accessed here: https://www.mass.gov/GetTested
Full press release: https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-launches-new-testing-website
FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizers made with methanol (toxic)
FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. More info here.
Annual Town Meeting
At their scheduled meeting Tuesday night (June 16) the Hopkinton Select Board set the date of Annual Town Meeting to be held on Sept. 21, 2020.
Town athletic fields are now open under certain guidelines. More info can be found here. Playgrounds at Sandy Beach, Center School and EMC are open to the public. Face coverings are required when social distancing isn’t practical. Playground signage listing the use requirements will be posted soon.
The school fields and playgrounds are to stay closed for the remainder of the school year. School fields and playgrounds will reopen, with limitations, after the last day of school, June 17, 2020.
Hopkinton Temporary Outdoor Dining Rules and Regulations
Anticipating the reopening of restaurants for customer seating outdoors, the Select Board adopted Temporary Outdoor Dining Rules and Regulations at its meeting on June 2. Restaurants must comply with the State’s COVID-19 requirements, and the town will expedite and streamline its associated review process. Click here for guidelines.
Business owners/managers: Click here for the application.
Hopkinton also posts frequently on social media. Our Twitter is the best place to keep up with all happenings Hopkinton. You don’t need an account to see our twitter feed: https://twitter.com/HopkintonMA