Town of Whately - Statement on COVID19
The Town of Whately is asking residents to take the “Stay at Home” Order, issued by Governor Baker, seriously and to continue following the guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to keep themselves and loved ones safe during the COVID19 pandemic. To help prevent the spread of COVID19 please stay home as much as possible especially if you are an older resident and/or have pre-existing medical conditions. However, if you must go out please remember to avoid groups, stay six feet away from others, and do not shake hands or hug. Please also wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. COVID19 is a serious illness that is spreading across the Commonwealth with a surge of new cases, including in our town. Those affected are currently in isolation and close contacts are quarantining themselves in accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health requirements. The case is being monitored by a public health nurse working on behalf of the Foothills Health District and the Whately Board of Health. Due to privacy concerns, no additional information will be released about the confirmed cases. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these difficult times. (April 1, 2020)
Massachusetts Reopening Plan & Safer at Home Advisory
The Commonwealth of Massachusets has announced plans to begin a phased approach to reopening the state's economy and resuming a limited number of activities. The Commonwealth has also replaces the Stay at Home Advisory with the Safer at Home Advisory. Please click here for more information about the Plan and Safer at Home Advisory. Town Buildings still remain closed to the public until further notice.
COVID19 Testing Available at Baystate Health
Four Baystate COVID19 testing sites are now open to all patients with symptoms who are older than 12 years old. The locations are in Springfield, Greenfield, Westfield and Ware. Patients need a doctor's order and need to call for an appointment so please contact your healthcare provider first. Baystate Health COVID19 Contact Information: (413) 795-TEST or https://www.baystatehealth.org/covid19/testing. Link for Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
Modified Town Operations
The Town of Whately continues to operate during the current COVID19 pandemic with modifications and special precautions in place to ensure that residents, employees and public officials remain safe and healthy during this period of time. Here is what you need to know:
- Emergency Services - All emergency services (police, fire and EMS) are operational and ready to serve you in case of an emergency. First responders have sufficient personal protective equipment and protocols in place to keep you and them safe.
- Tax Collection - Selectboard has voted to extend the deadline for Real Estate and Personal Property taxes until June 1st. No interest or penalties will be assessed prior to June 1st. Excise tax and water bills with a due date of March 10th through June 30th will not accrue any interest or demands if paid by June 30th.
- Transfer Station - The Whately Transfer Station is open with special precautions in place to keep residents and employees safe when using the facility. Click here more information.
- UPDATED (05/29/20) Town Buildings - The Town Office Building will reopen to the public for limited hours and by appointment starting on June 1, 2020. The Town Office Building will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 12:00 (noon) and by appointment at other times. Only the front service window will be available - all other areas of the building, including the conference rooms and restrooms will remain closed. The Assessor's Office and Town Administrator are available by advanced appointment only. We still strongly encourage you to continue conducting business with the Town by email, mail, phone, internet and via the Dropbox outside the Town Offices. Still, the best way to reach a town department is via email. Click here for department email contact information. If you have a question and are not certain who to direct the question to please email your question to email@example.com.
- Recreation Areas - All Town recreation areas are open for use by individuals or families. Groups with more than ten persons are not allowed per emergency order of the Governor and proper social distancing measures are to be followed. Tri-Town Beach remains closed for the season.
Annual Town Meeting & Annual Town Election
- The Annual Town Meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2020 has been postponed by the Whately Selectboard. A tentative date of June 23, 2020 (7:00 pm) has been set for the Annual Town Meeting. This date is subject to change based on the conditions, then existing, with the COVID19 pandemic. The location of the ATM will be the Whately Elementary School, 273 Long Plain Road.
- The Annual Town Election scheduled for June 9, 2020 is still scheduled to take place on that date. The Election has been moved to the Whately Elementary School, 273 Long Plain Road. The hours will be Noon - 6 p.m. Masks will be required to be worn by all voters as well as all election workers. Early Voting by mail will be the preferred method to voting at this election. Click here for an early voting application or send a note with an original signature to the Town Clerk. 4 Sandy Lane, So. Deerfield, MA 01373. Once absentee ballots are available (Mid May) they will be sent to those who have made a request. Applications need to have an original signature.
Senior Meals & Needs
- The South County Senior Center is providing meals to senior residents that need them. Please click here for more information about senior meals. Please call (413-665-2141) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the South County Senior Center if you have additional needs other than meals to find out what other assistance may be available.
- The South County Senior Center remains closed to the public until further notice; however staff continues working hard to meet your needs.
- Frontier Regional and Union # 38 School Districts are providing meals to students that need them. Please click here more more information about student meals.
Whately Selectboard - Emergency Declarations, Orders & Directives
- Local State of Emergency Declaration - March 13, 2020
- Emergency Order Restricting Public Access to Town Buildings - March 16, 2020 (Rescinded by Vote of the Selectboard on May 27, 2020)
- Order Reopening Town Buildings to the Public for Limited Hours and Appointment Only - May 27, 2020
- Guidance Document on Public Meetings - March 19, 2020
- Directive Limiting Work in Town Buildings to Only Essential Activities - March 24, 2020 (updated 04/08/20)(updated 04/29/30)(updated 05/13/20)(Rescinded by Vote of the Selectboard on May 27, 2020)
- Directive on Town Employees Returning to Work During the COVID19 Pandemic - May 27, 2020
- Directive on Employee Pay Through May 27, 2020 - March 24, 2020 (updated 04/08/20)(updated 04/29/30)(updated 05/13/20)(updated on May 27, 2020) (Expires on May 31, 2020)
Emergency Management Announcements Regarding COVID-19
Board of Health Announcements Regarding COVID-19