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Town of Falmouth COVID-19 UPDATE
Town officials continue to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus and coordinate regionally to make the best decisions for the safety of all our residents. We understand some of these actions may require some sacrifice on the part of Falmouth residents and visitors. Please know that we do not make these decisions lightly. Taking action now is doing our part to slow the spread of the virus, reduce the number of people infected, and to avoid overwhelming our health care system. Delaying action, or failing to act, could increase the number of Falmouth residents and visitors facing life-threatening illness.
Falmouth Health Agent Scott McGann - May 22, 2020
Town Releases Beach Management Plan for 2020 - May 21, 2020
Managing Capacity and Social Distancing The Town of Falmouth has developed an initial plan for the 2020 beach season consistent with State guidance and in consultation with the Select Board and other Cape & Island towns. The plan includes a 50% reduction in the number of parking spaces available at each beach to facilitate social distancing. Signage will be placed at all beaches identifying the social distancing and hygiene requirements set forth by the Commonwealth.
“We are asking visitors to help us keep the beaches open by acting responsibly and abiding by the social distancing rules set forth by the Commonwealth,” said Doug Brown Vice Chair of the Falmouth Select Board. Read on...
COVID-19 Confirmed Cases - May 20, 2020
As of this date:
- 174 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Falmouth since the beginning of outbreak on March 19th.
- Over 80% of these individuals who received a positive viral test are now out of isolation.
Please note there is day-to-day variability in cases reported by testing laboratories and no single day change is indicative of overall cases trends. We appreciate that complying with the stay at home advisory is not easy and we extend our thanks to the Falmouth community for the response to date. It appears that these community efforts are beginning to show positive results but we must remain vigilant in this battle with the coronavirus. Please continue to limit contact with others who do not live in your house, including relatives. When you do need to leave the house for essential needs, it is crucial you practice social distancing, keep 6 feet away from others, wear a cloth face mask, and wash hands frequently.
To see the prior reports of confirmed cases for Falmouth visit the ’Confirmed COVID-19 Cases’ page via the link on the vertical menu to the left.
Falmouth Health Agent Scott McGann, May 15, 2020
Falmouth Health Agent, Scott McGann - May 8, 2020
Town Clerk Michael Palmer Addresses May 19th Election, May 8, 2020
Governor Baker Orders Face Coverings - Updated May 7, 2020
The order states in part that "...any person over age two who is in a place open to the public in the Commonwealth, whether indoor or outdoor, and is unable to or does not maintain a distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face covering..." The order also requires masks or face coverings be worn "...at all times when inside grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retail stores."
- Governor’s Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public Places Where Social Distancing is Not Possible - May 1, 2020
- MA Department of Public Health Guidance regarding Governor’s Order for Wearing Face Masks in Public - May 1, 2020
Board of Selectmen Cancels Town ’Special Events’ Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic - Updated April 30, 2020
The Board of Selectmen has cancelled Special Event permits that were issued for events taking place from May through August 31 of 2020 due to concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus. In their discussion, Board members acknowledged the difficulty of the decision given the importance of these events to the community and local businesses but determined that protecting public health must be the top priority. The Board vote does allow for event sponsors to re-apply if they are able to develop a plan that maintains social distance and complies with applicable state and local orders. A list of events that have been cancelled is available HERE.
Town Orders Employees and Customers of Essential Businesses to Wear Face Coverings- April 29, 2020
At a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and Board of Health on April 27th, the Board of Health authorized the Health Agent to issue an order requiring employees and customers of essential businesses, as defined by Governor Baker’s order, to wear face coverings. Businesses are required to post a notice of this order at their main entrances. The full order is available HERE.
Message from Town Manager Julian M. Suso - April 24, 2020
Dear Fellow Falmouth Residents,
It has been over one month since the March 18 initial closure to the public of Falmouth Town Hall and all Town municipal offices in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. I remind you that the Town of Falmouth continues to function daily in providing vital local government services to you. Municipal buildings are closed to the public, but be assured that your Town employees remain on site and on duty daily...Read On
Early Voting for May 19th Election
Due to the Coronavirus, legislation has been adopted to allow Early Voting by mail for both the Special State Election and the Annual Town Election scheduled for May 19th. Early voting by mail will permit voters to cast ballots prior to an election. A voter does not have to provide a reason for being unable to vote on Election Day as is the case with absentee voting.
Use the link below to download the application and return your completed application to the Town Clerk’s Office:
-By Mail to 59 Town Hall Square, Falmouth, MA 02540;
-By Email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or,
-By Fax to 508-457-2511.
Click HERE for Early Voting Application
State Orders Reduced Occupancy at Grocery Stores - Shoppers Encouraged to Change Habits - April 8, 2020
Commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Public Health has ordered grocery stores to limit occupancy to 40% of their maximum permitted occupancy level as documented in the occupancy permits. Falmouth Health Agent encourages local shoppers to avoid peak shopping times which are generally weekdays from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Avoiding these peak shopping hours will help reduce lines and facilitate social distancing at the grocery stores. Full details of Commissioner’s guidance are available HERE.
Quissett Harbor Road Parking Temporarily Closed - April 8, 2020
It has come to our attention that groups have been gathering in the Quissett Harbor/Knob area in contravention of the Emergency Order of Governor Baker, unnecessarily placing residents at risk due to failure to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of this life-threatening virus. Effective immediately, the Town of Falmouth is temporarily posting ’No Parking’ signs at the parking areas immediately adjacent to Quissett Harbor Road.
This parking restriction follows the temporary closure of Falmouth municipal beach parking lots on April 1st. At that time, it was noted that further local actions may need to be taken to safeguard the public.
Illegal parking will continue to be strictly enforced by the Police Department. For full media release click HERE.
Message from Board of Selectmen Chair Megan English Braga - April 7, 2020
State Coronavirus Information
National Coronavirus Information
Quick Tips on Preventing the Coronavirus and Seasonal Flu:
- Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each season.
- People who are at high risk of serious flu illness should take flu antiviral drugs quickly if they get sick.
- Cover Your Cough
- Stay Home if you are sick
- Wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds)
What is the Coronavirus
2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) that has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. There is still a lot to learn about the virus including how and where it is spreading around the globe and the U.S. but we do know that taking the same precautions as Influenza can help reduce the spread of the virus. Below are active Federal, State and Local links with up to date information on the virus and the areas that it is effecting.