Public Offices will be closed until May 4, 2020


Updated: April 7, 2020

Dear Townsend Community:

We understand the public, our employees, and Town Committees, Boards and Commissions are concerned related to the ongoing news related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Given the evolving conditions related to the spread of the virus, its inherent risk to the public, and to act in abundance of caution for the community and our staff, the Town of Townsend is closing all town buildings to the public, excluding the public safety buildings, effective today. This decision will remain in full force through Monday, May 4, 2020, at which time this access restriction may be adjusted or discontinued.

In regards to public meetings, we direct boards and committees that we appoint, and encourage those that we do not appoint, to postpone public meetings during this time period if at all possible.  If there is a legal requirement that does not allow for postponement we recommend utilizing the Open Meeting Law Order signed by Governor Baker that allows for remote participation by all members of a public body.  We are currently researching alternative means of public access to these meetings but for the time we would not allow public access and would make a recording of the meeting available within 24 hours pursuant to the Governor’s Order.

All other public events will not take place until May 4, 2020

This decision is being made to protect the health and safety of the community, our vulnerable populations, our staff, and to slow the transmission of the virus within the community. As this situation has rapidly evolved and is highly fluid, we will continue to provide updates to the public through the town website, the town wide email, and the local news media.

Please continue to follow the preventative protocols issued through the Department of Public Health and the CDC guidelines and we will continue to post updates with any new information.


Townsend Board of Selectmen


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