Hopkinton COVID-19 update for June 27

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Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for June 27.

COVID-19 Updates and Precautions
June 27 update

Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here:
https://coronavirus-hopkintonma.hub.arcgis.com

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 26, Hopkinton’s Health Depa​rtment is reporting 122 total ​confirmed COVID-19 cases; two of those cases are active, with 107 recoveries and 13 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on ​Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Releases Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance — ​NEW UPDATE
On Thursday (June 25), the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released initial guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall. This guidance was developed through extensive input from the medical community, educators and parents and reflects the clear goal of supporting the safe return of students and staff to our schools. ​Click here for the full document.

Annual Town Election rescheduled to be held on June 29, 2020 — REMINDER
Click here for more info
Click here for Vote by Mail FAQ’s
Click here to review the specimen ballot

● The election will take place at the middle school, 89 Hayden Rowe St.
● The polling hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
● Voters may vote in person at the polls
● Absentee ballots can be inserted in the drop box until 8 p.m. on Monday or delivered to the clerk or assistant clerk at the polls

Behavioral Health Crisis Care at MassSupport — ​NEW UPDATE
The Baker-Polito Administration has announced MassSupport, a new crisis counseling program to support the behavioral health needs of Massachusetts residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Riverside Trauma Center will deploy its trauma response and crisis intervention expertise in a statewide initiative to bring behavioral health resources, information and referrals directly to individuals and communities. The program will offer counseling services in English and Spanish and can be reached at 888-215-4920 or via email at masssupport@riversidecc.org​. ​Click here for the full press release and more information.

Parks/fields/playgrounds

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.

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

Complete list of Emergency Orders and Guidance from Mass.gov
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-state-of-emergency

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