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Click here to read what Town's minimal staffing planTown 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 these actions will have a tremendous impact on all members of our community. 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.

April 1 Coronavirus Update

Cases Continue to Rise
There are currently twenty-three positive cases of COVID-19 in Arlington. As of April 1st there have been 7,738 confirmed cases in Massachusetts, 1,582 in Middlesex County, and 122 reported deaths associated with COVID-19. We continue to believe this number may provide a false sense of security to residents as numbers in the region and across the state increase at a rapid rate. Public health officials remind all residents, regardless of age, to stay at home and away from non-family contacts. If you have to go out to conduct a necessary errand, like grocery shopping, picking up medication, or checking in on a neighbor who may need assistance, it is crucial you practice social distancing (keep 6 feet away from others). 

Recent Town Activities
Now that the state has extended stay-at-home advisories and other restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to May 4th, we thought we would provide residents with an update on what we’ve been up to. We still plan to send daily updates during the week and are developing more ways to connect with the Town in the coming weeks. Police and Fire continue to keep the public safe and Public Works deliver essential services. Although our physical doors are closed in most offices, the Town of Arlington is still open for business. Arlington Police and Fire departments continue to keep the public safe and Public Works continues to deliver essential services.

Today is Census Day
Did you know our population counts determine how much money the Town receives for critical emergency services in times of crisis? When you, your family, and your neighbors are counted in the census, you help make sure the town receives its fair share of federal funding for things like health centers, senior programs, roads, and emergency services. It’s important, now more than ever, that you take the census. As of today 48% of Arlington residents have taken the 2020 Census. Let’s push that number higher. Learn more and take it now at 2020Census.gov

Moratorium on Evictions & Foreclosures Urged
Today, April 1st, Arlington Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine along with other municipal leaders from the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, sent a letter to state legislative leadership urging them to prioritize legislation that will address housing insecurity. Specifically, establish a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures. Read their letter.

COVID-19 Resources for the Business and Nonprofit Community
The Town of Arlington is committed to supporting our business community during this difficult period of closures and restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19. Arlington’s Economic Development Coordinator, Ali Carter, has been sharing resources with the local business community since this crisis began. She continues to keep apprised of federal and state resources to help local businesses, and as part of the Department of Planning and Community Development is developing a CDBG-funded local business COVID-19 relief grant for small businesses and microenterprises as well. These resources are posted on the COVID-19 Business and Nonprofit Resource page. Business owners can contact Ali Carter, acarter@town.arlington.ma.us, with any questions or if they need assistance navigating these resources. 

Food Distribution to Residents in need
Hundreds of residents in need are being served through a coordinated food distribution program each week. In order to abide by current health safety guidelines, Arlington EATS Market and other food distribution programs in town have changed their processes to provide food to people in need.  Any Arlington resident, regardless of age, can call the Arlington Food Hotline at 781-316-3400 and leave a message if you are in need of food.  Arlington EATS, Arlington Public Schools, Council on Aging, Food Link, Arlington Housing Authority, local restaurants and the Medical Reserve Corp have teamed up to streamline delivering food to residents in need, using a contact free method.  Please call the hotline and leave your name, address, phone number and household size if you are in need.

Fabric Mask Distribution Project
Health and Human Services is collecting fabric masks made by volunteers in town and distributing to all residents living in senior housing. Over 700 residents living in senior housing will receive a fabric mask this week and next with information on wearing the mask when they are in public. Masks are currently being made by residents all across town and volunteers organized by Laura's Sewing School. Countries around the world have begun requiring residents to wear masks in public spaces and have seen the transmission of the virus slowed. These masks have been distributed in an effort to control the transmission of the virus among residents in these congregate housing facilities. Learn how to donate a fabric masks.

Council on Aging Continues Support to Seniors in Need
The Council on Aging (COA) has created a "Telephone Call Reassurance Program" that began last week.  COA staff, social workers, and volunteers have a designated list of older adults in Arlington that they call weekly to check in with.  These are all adults who have little to no access to e-mail or technology.  If you know of an older adult in Arlington who could benefit from a weekly phone call, please call 781-316-3400.

Schools Safely Distribute Computers to Students
The School Department distributed 567 Chromebooks today to families who were in need of technology to continue educational enrichment activities from home since schools are closed until May 4.  Last week the District distributed close to 450 Chromebooks. The distribution sites at all schools were staffed with school principals, school administrators, teachers, nursing, and IT staff. The Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and the Digital Learning Team also assisted with distribution. Chromebooks were wiped clean and prepped. Staff wore masks and gloves while placing Chromebooks in the trunk of recipient cars, honoring the social distance requirements. The new remote learning and workforce model has caused competition for families’ computing resources. The District is a user of Google for Education Environment. This cloud-based environment can be accessed not only in the classroom, but also remotely.

Share What You've Been Doing, Tell Us What You Need
Arlington, we want to hear from you. Let us know about the work you've been doing to maintain community connection while social distancing, let us know your ideas for other activities, and tell us what you need. Your responses will help us guide upcoming community building activities, help us identify broad community needs, and where possible, connect residents to available resources. Share your thoughts with us.

March 31 Coronavirus

Annual Town Election to be Held on June 6, 8am-8pm
Read full details

Governor Extends Orders and Advisories to May 4
Governor Baker announced today the extension of previous orders to May 4th, including the closure of all non-essential businesses, with updated essential services guidelines, the limit of 10 person gatherings, and self-isolation and social distancing guidelines. Read the full release.

COVID-19 Related Deaths in Arlington Reported
Cases across state, county continue to rise.
As of March 31st, there are currently twenty positive cases of COVID-19 in Arlington. Massachusetts reports 6,620 confirmed, 1,340 in Middlesex County, and 89 reported deaths associated with the virus. The Town recently received notifications the deaths of two Arlington residents due to complications from COVID-19. The Town does not receive reporting of deaths due to COVID-19 from Mass. Department of Public Health (DPH) or area hospitals. A death notification may come from the family, a friend, or a funeral home (if local). The best place to find these numbers is the state's COVID-19 page.

Arlington Parks and Bikeway Congregating Complaints
The Town continues to receive complaints of people congregating in parks and on the Minuteman Bikeway. There should be no play dates, no groups of youth playing sports, or organized sports games. If anyone meets in groups, even small ones, it can put everyone at risk. Every choice we make today has an impact on what happens in the future. Together we have the power to make choices that can save lives. Please continue to do your part.

PPE Donations Help Frontline Workers  
Arlington residents have stepped forward and so far have donated almost 1,500 surgical masks, 455 n-95 masks, almost 4,000 nitrile gloves, and much more to help those working on the front line of COVID-19.  From the 43 donations received we were able to deliver supplies to first responders in Arlington and to Beth Israel Lahey Healthcare System. See all that’s been donated and make a donation.

Share What You've Been Doing, Tell Us What You Need
We’ve been staying at home for a while now and we want to hear from you. Let us know about the work you've been doing to maintain community connection while social distancing. Let us know your ideas for other activities and tell us what you need. Your responses will help us guide upcoming community building activities, help us identify broad community needs, and where possible, connect residents to available resources. Share your thoughts with us. 

6 Feet at 6PM
Connect as a community, visually and virtually, each evening at 6PM.

March 30 Coronavirus Update

Today Governor Baker announced several initiatives to expand the health care workforce and create capacity to relieve pressures on hospitals as the state plans for an upcoming surge in COVID-19 cases. Baker reports expanded testing will be key to managing the crisis. Read the full release.

Cases Continue to Rise
There are currently nineteen positive cases of COVID-19 in Arlington. We continue to believe this number may provide a false sense of security to residents as numbers in the region and across the state increase at a rapid rate. As of March 30th there have been 5,752 confirmed cases in Massachusetts, 1,141 in Middlesex County, and 56 reported deaths associated with COVID-19.

Arlington Parks and Bikeway Congregating Complaints
The Town has received many complaints of people congregating in parks and on the Minuteman Bikeway. Public health officials urge parents and guardians to talk to their children about congregating with their friends. If children meet in groups, even small ones, it can put everyone at risk. There should be no play dates and no groups of youth playing sports.

Pedestrian Signals to Become Automatic
In the coming days pedestrian crossings on Mass Ave and Broadway in Arlington will become automatic. Signage will be placed by crossings when the change has been made. When the change is made, you will no longer need to press the button. Just wait for the light to change. After Mass. Ave. and Broadway crossings are changed, other signals around town will be made automatic and signage placed when done.

Practice Social Distancing / Only Conduct Essential Errands

It is imperative that everyone regardless of age, stay at home and away from non-family contacts. If you have to go out to conduct a necessary errand, like grocery shopping, picking up medication, or checking in on a neighbor who may need assistance, it is crucial you practice social distancing (keep 6 feet away from others).

Do Your Part
What we do today, and in the coming weeks, will impact the future. Your choices matter. Social distancing works. As difficult as it is to social distance, we all have to do our part and work together to keep our neighbors healthy and avoid overwhelming our healthcare system and their workers.

6 Feet at 6PM
Connect as a community, visually and virtually, each evening at 6pm.
6 Feet at 6PM is a community initiative where every evening at 6:00 p.m. Arlington residents connect safety (more than 6 feet apart). Go out on your porch or look out your apartment window and wave to neighbors. Check in via email, phone, Google Hangouts, Zoom, or otherwise engage online. The point is to check in with each other at a safe distance – 6 Feet at 6PM - to make sure we are all OK as a community. We'd love to see examples in your neighborhood; spread the word, share photos and video on social media with the hashtag #Arlington6At6.

Register to Receive Arlington Alerts, Town Notices, and follow us on Social Media
We encourage residents to visit the Communications Center and sign up to all these methods to ensure you receive them. Having multiple ways of receiving updates from the Town during this time ensures you receive them in the event of any technical difficulty.

Closures and Restrictions

Governor Extends Orders and Advisories to May 4
Governor Baker announced today the extension of previous orders to May 4th, including the closure of all non-essential businesses, with updated essential services guidelines, the limit of 10 person gatherings, and self-isolation and social distancing guidelines. Read the full release including updated essential services list. 

Arlington Suspends Take-Out Service Inside Food Establishments
Starting March 24th at noon, Arlington restaurants will no longer be permitted to allow customers inside their establishment. Restaurants will be required to provide curbside pick up or delivery only. The Health Department also encourages food establishments and patrons to utilize payment with credit card either online or via phone to limit person-to-person interactions.

Arlington Public Schools Closed Until May 4th
Arlington school closures will be extended to May 4thin conjunction with the state order made on March 25th. 
Read an FAQ compiled by APS.

Arlington Libraries
The libraries may be physically closed, but there's still plenty to do. Learn more at robbinslibrary.org

Parks & Playgrounds Usage
CLOSED: Playgrounds, Peirce Field (behind Arlington High School), Thorndike Dog Park, Tennis Courts, and Basketball Courts 

Arlington playgrounds (areas with play structures of any kind) are closed until further notice. 
Parks and fields will remain open for passive use ONLY. No congregating, group activities, or game playing is allowed. Please maintain a distance of 6 feet from other people while enjoying these spaces.

All Personal Care Establishments Closed
Starting immediately all personal care establishments (hair salons, nail salons, massage establishments, etc.) will be closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. At this time, closures are until April 6th.

Read Past Arlington Coronavirus Updates

Read State Declarations 

Additional Resources

Have a question? Please refer to the Massachusetts 211 help line to answer your coronavirus questions. Open 24/7 and in 150 languages. Please listen to the prompts carefully to get directed to coronavirus information.

Click here for CDC Info and Update on COVID-19

Click here to read coronavirus updates and information from Massachusetts