A Stay At Home Advisory was issued by Governor Baker on March 23, 2020. The order is in effect from noon March 24 through noon April 7, 2020. Town of Westhampton Selectboard, in an ongoing effort to protect the health of Town officials and employees, to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and to continue essential Town government operations, all Westhampton municipal buildings will remain closed to the general public until further notice. The Town municipal buildings include the Town Office, Town Hall, Town Hall Annex, Public Safety Complex, Highway Garage, and Library. Only essential Town employees will continue to report to work. Every effort will be made to facilitate employees to work remotely from home.
We understand that this temporary essential services only may make things more difficult and slow down some projects and services. However, the Selectboard feels it is a necessary precaution under the rapidly changing environment as a result of COVID-19. The Selectboard, Board of Health, and emergency officials are monitoring the situation closely. We will communicate any additional information as soon as it becomes available and will reassess on April 6th.
Essential meetings of town bodies will continue under the current Open Meeting Law requirements. Directions to dial into meetings will be provided on agendas.
The emergency officers of Westhampton recommend everyone adhere to the guidelines set by the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health:
Social distancing - 8 feet is the new 6 feet
No gatherings of more than 10 people
Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water and use hand sanitizer if available
Wipe frequently touched areas often with a disinfectant
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into the corner of your elbow
Sick persons should self quarantine
The guidelines should also be practiced at home to the extent possible