Hopkinton COVID-19 update for May 12: Approach to reopening state

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Editor’s note: This is the town of Hopkinton’s COVID-19 update for May 12.

COVID-19 Updates & Precautions
May 12, 2020, update

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

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Four-Phase Approach to Reopening Massachusetts – ​NEW UPDATE
On Monday, May 11, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a four-phase approach to reopening the Massachusetts economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and published mandatory workplace safety standards that will ​apply across all sectors and industries once reopening begins​. The goal of the phased reopening, based on public health guidance, is to methodically allow certain businesses, services and activities to resume while protecting public health and limiting a resurgence of new COVID-19 cases. Businesses and activities that provided “COVID-19 essential services,” per ​Gov. Baker’s March 23 order​, will continue to operate. Certain businesses and activities with a lower risk of COVID-19 transmission will open in earlier phases. Decisions and timing will be influenced by public health metrics for when the first phase of reopening begins, as well as when it is safe to move into concurrent phases. Click here for more information about the four-phased reopening approach.

The Reopening Advisory Board is scheduled to provide its full report to Governor Baker on Monday, May 18.

Principal Planner Virtual Office Hours, Tuesday, 4 p.m. – ​NEW UPDATE
Hopkinton continues to explore options for ways to best serve our residents during this unique time. The Hopkinton principal planner will be open for a virtual “office hours” drop-in on Tuesday, May 12, from 4-6 p.m. ​Click here for more information.

Hopkinton Public Library 3D Printer – ​NEW UPDATE
The library is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new 3D printer, generously funded by the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation. The printer ultimately will be incorporated into the library’s programs and services, but for the time being it is being used to manufacture PPE to be donated to first responders. As of May 8, our volunteer has made 25 face shields with the 3D printer.

Remote Order Fulfillment
Non-essential business may bring in a small number of employees in order to remotely fulfill online or phone orders. However, there are many guidelines that must be followed. Read more in the COVID-19 Essential Services FAQs here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services-faqs

Cleaning Services
Although cleaning companies are permitted to service essential commercial businesses and businesses that are about to open, the Attorney General’s Office has stated that cleaning companies and maid services are ​not permitted to clean residential homes at this time.​ The Hopkinton Health Department appreciates the cooperation of all parties in this matter.

Stay Updated

You can find many resources and more information at
https://coronavirus-hopkintonma.hub.arcgis.com.

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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