Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
The Town of Yarmouth is working with many local and state partners to help manage the Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak. We continue to monitor the situation as a Town and region and maintain the latest recommendations, practices and procedures regarding the outbreak and impacted services and people across our community. Please check back here often for the most recent updates and share this page within your own circles and community to keep everyone informed, healthy and safe.
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**See Below for Official Town, Health & Regional Updates & Information**
Town of Yarmouth Official Updates
Updated: July 2020
Yarmouth COVID-19 Totals
Please visit the Yarmouth COVID-19 Board of Health Information page for current # of cases in Yarmouth, health advisories, updates and information to help you stay safe and healthy.
Yarmouth Town Hall will be opening on a limited basis starting on Tuesday July 21st. For more information please click here to learn more about Town Hall opening procedures.
On May 18 the Baker-Polito Administration announced a comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts
Please visit our Re-Opening Guidelines page for more information and recommendations from Mass.Gov through this important next phase.
Yarmouth Board of Health Mask Order April 29, 2020
Yarmouth Board of Health Requires Face Masks for essential employees, highly recommends that consumers wear a face covering. ) All employees of all essential businesses shall wear a face covering over their mouth and nose when interacting with the public and within six feet of a co-worker. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators, which should be left for medical professionals and first responders. All essential businesses shall post on their main entrance doors that it is highly recommended that the consumer entering the store wear a face covering. Please view the following documents for full and supporting information:
DECLARATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY ORDER
**Visit Mass/gov/covid19 for all updated information, advisories and current health information for the State of Massachusetts INCLUDING MANDATORY MASK INFO.**
Town Re-Opening Updates: Please visit the COVID Board of Health page for updated information on Town buildings, recreation areas & their use & availability status.
On April 14th, 2020 The Board of Selectmen unanimously passed the following:
Real Estate Tax due dates have been moved from May 1 to June 1
The assessment of interest on taxes will be delayed until June 30
Tax exemptions will be accepted until June 1 (for exemption forms: http://www.yarmouth.ma.us/144/Tax-Forms)
The Disposal Sticker grace period has been extended to June 1
Please visit the Yarmouth Finance Department page for contact or related info.
CodeRED Emergency Notification Calls: The Town has made multiple phone calls to provide town-wide announcements and health advisories through the Code Red system. The calls are placed to update the public on the Town’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A copy of the phone call scripts can be viewed below. To sign up for future Code Red alerts see the link below or please visit the Yarmouth Police Department Signup Page here.
All COVID-19 CodeRed Call Transcripts can be viewed here.
Town Hall Dropbox: A dropbox has been installed outside the entrance of Yarmouth Town Hall (the side entrance located next to the parking lot) for the submission of documents to the Town. Please use this drop box for hand delivered packages that do not fit through the mail slot located on the Route 28 side of Town Hall. This box is emptied nightly. Materials will be held for 3 days per the Board of Health prior to being date stamped and distributed.
Guidance from regional leaders for seasonal residents and visitors to Cape Cod and the Islands Click here to view.
Yarmouth Beaches: UPDATE Per vote by the Board of Selectmen, Yarmouth beaches have be re-opened. Please remember to maintain social distancing while on the beach and avoid crowds. In the event social distancing is not feasible, masks must be worn per the Governor’s recent executive order.
Yarmouth Beach Access Plan
The Town of Yarmouth has developed an initial plan for the 2020 beach season consistent with State guidance from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEA). Please read the following document for full requirements and regulations: Yarmouth COVID-19 Beach Opening Plan
The Building Department has also published revised permitting and inspection procedures during the ongoing town hall closure, which can be viewed by visiting their Building Department Page here.
DPW Modified Operations & Information: In response to the circumstances related to the CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Town of Yarmouth has developed a Response Plan to maintain essential services while keeping staff and residents safe. Please visit the Waste Management Page for full details including existing sticker information, closed scale operations and staff procedure to maintain social distancing and safety. Scale House Update: The Town of Yarmouth Waste Management pay “Scale House” is open. Please check the Waste Management webpage for updates.
The Finance Department has published additional guidance on how to submit tax, bill, sticker, and license payments during the ongoing town hall closure. Please visit the Finance Department Page to learn more.
Yarmouth Golf Courses: UPDATE As of May 8th golf courses in Massachusetts are permitted to re-open with certain restrictions. The Bayberry Hills Golf Course and the Bass River Golf Course are both open with revised operations. For information on revised operations/procedures at Yarmouth courses, please refer to the 2nd page of the following Yarmouth Golf Course Opening Memo.
Water Department Information: Starting Monday (3/23), town water “Turn-ons” will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine the level of social interaction required to complete the job. The Town has suspended non-emergency access to occupied homes/businesses and no turn-ons will be completed that require accessing occupied homes/businesses. With this in mind, residents seeking water turn-ons should contact the Water Department at 508-771-7291 to discuss their specific circumstance.
Yarmouth Online Town Services
Please use as many of our Town’s Online Services as possible during this time to help you access Town services and resources as a citizen. Visit our Yarmouth Online Services Center.
Please visit our newly created COVID19 Business Assistance Programs Page for more options for businesses during this crisis.
Sign Up for Important Town Emergency Information
**ATTENTION** Please sign up for important notifications from the town through CodeRED. Our CodeRED system provides Yarmouth officials the ability to quickly and professionally deliver messages to targeted areas or neighborhoods, or the entire Town of Yarmouth through personalized messages via voice, email, and text. Your information is never shared. Please click the image or visit this link on the Yarmouth Police site for signup.
2-1-1 Call Line Established by the MA Dept. of Public Health
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announces the launch of 2-1-1 to provide COVID-19 information and referrals 24/7. Massachusetts 2-1-1 will now provide real-time COVID-19 information, resources, and referrals in multiple languages. This expansion is the result of an increased investment in resources directed towards this 24-hour state supported telephone hotline.
Residents with questions should call 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone. Callers dialing 2-1-1 will hear an automated menu of options. Callers press 2-6 for Coronavirus. Residents can also reach 2-1-1 through a live chat option on the Massachusetts 2-1-1 website. Visit ther Mass211.org website for more information.
State, Regional & Business Updates & Information
Mass.Gov Updates & Information
**Visit Mass/gov/covid19 for all updated information, advisories and current health information for the State of Massachusetts.**
March 31, 2020: Mass.Gov Press Release: Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures and Executive Branch Employee Guidance
o All non-essential businesses closed through 5/4 and stay at home order extended through 5/4
o Hotels/Motels and Short Term Rentals may only be used for efforts related to fighting COVID-19, like front line health workers or individuals, or for Massachusetts residents who have been otherwise displaced from their residences. These facilities are no longer able to be booked for vacation rentals.
View Full Press Release and Extended Order Guidelines Here
Mass.Gov OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
Governor Charlie Baker Orders All Non-Essential Businesses To Cease In Person Operation, Directs the Department of Public Health to Issue Stay at Home Advisory For Two Weeks. Updates Assembly Order to Limit Gatherings to 10 people View FULL PRESS RELEASE ON MASS.GOV Here.
Essential vs Non-essential Businesses
Governor Baker has announced various orders and guidance which are all posted on www.mass.gov/covid19. On March 23, 2020 Governor Baker announced closure of non-essential businesses effective at 12:00 PM on Tuesday March 24, 2020. Please refer to the language of the order itself, the essential services list, and assemblage guidance and FAQ for restrictions and information. The Commonwealth does not issue letters or certificates for essential businesses. The essential services list also includes a link to a form for companies to be added to the list of types of essential services if they are not already on the list. Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development has produced FAQs around essential/non-essential businesses which will be updated regularly.
The direct link to the FAQ is: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-essential-services-faqs
March 18th, 2020: Attention Business Owners
We have created a Business Assistance Page to view assistance programs and options for small businesses during the COVD19 crisis. Please visit our Business Assistance Programs page to learn more.
Important Regional Health Updates & Information
Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) están monitoreando de cerca un brote de enfermedad respiratoria causada por un nuevo coronavirus que se identificó por primera vez en Wuhan, en la provincia china de Hubei. Esta es una situación emergente que está cambiando ... siga este enlace para obtener más información: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html
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For the latest information on the coronavirus, please visit the following links:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Links: