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Posted on: April 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID-19 Update April 14, 2020 8:15 PM

Acton COVID-19 Update

Updates on the Town of Acton's response to the COVID-19 situation

COVID-19 Updates for April 14, 2020 8:15 PM


Confirmed Cases

The are a total of 39 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton that have been reported from the Mass Department of Public Health to the Town of Acton.   View more details from Acton Public Health about the reporting of confirmed cases: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6306/Acton-COVID-Case-Reporting-Info  Due to privacy concerns individual details are not provided.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The Commonwealth is posting daily updates and other useful information for residents including guidance, advisories, and access to resources.  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information#regulations-&-guidance-

Find additional information at Acton’s COVID-19 Information Center: http://www.actonma.gov/covid19


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NOTE: Previous updates are provided below for reference.
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COVID-19 Updates for April 13, 2020 8:30 PM

Confirmed Cases

The are a total of 39 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton that have been reported from the Mass Department of Public Health to the Town of Acton.   View more details from Acton Public Health about the reporting of confirmed cases: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6306/Acton-COVID-Case-Reporting-Info  Due to privacy concerns individual details are not provided.


COVID-19 Updates for April 12, 2020 8:45 PM

Confirmed Cases

The are a total of 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton that have been reported from the Mass Department of Public Health to the Town of Acton.   View more details from Acton Public Health about the reporting of confirmed cases: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6306/Acton-COVID-Case-Reporting-Info  Due to privacy concerns individual details are not provided.

COVID-19 Updates for April 11, 2020 7:00 PM

Confirmed Cases

The are a total of 33 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton that have been reported from the Mass Department of Public Health to the Town of Acton.   View more details from Acton Public Health about the reporting of confirmed cases: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6306/Acton-COVID-Case-Reporting-Info  Due to privacy concerns individual details are not provided.

Advisory Regarding Face Coverings and Cloth Masks

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Department of Public Health issued the following advisory yesterday:

There are many things that you can do to help protect yourself and others from becoming infected with COVID-19. People who show no symptoms of illness may still be able to spread COVID-19. A face covering may help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 to other people.  A face covering can include anything that covers your nose and mouth, including dust masks, scarves and bandanas.  Do not use health care worker masks, such as the N95 masks - those should be preserved for healthcare workers. It is important that you wear these face coverings or masks in situations where it is difficult to maintain a social distance of six feet from others. For example, in a pharmacy or grocery store.

When you wear a cloth mask, it should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face,
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops,
  • Include multiple layers of fabric,
  • Allow for breathing without restriction, and
  • Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

When putting on and taking off a mask, do not touch the front of it, you should only handle the ties or ear straps, and make sure you wash the cloth mask regularly. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching the mask.

Cloth masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Instructions on how to make your own cloth mask are available on the CDC web site. In addition to wearing a cloth mask you should continue to practice proven methods to protect yourself. 

  • Practice social distancing at all times by remaining 6 feet away from others when you have to leave your home for essential trips.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; using alcohol-based hand gel with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops) with household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or your inner elbow, not your hands. 

Signs Posted by Volunteers on Conservation Trails

Thank you to several volunteers who went out to all of the conservation lands today to post notices regarding COVID-19 precautions.  When using conservation trails please keep at least 6 feet away from others and follow other guidance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


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COVID-19 Updates for April 10, 2020 7:00 PM

  • Confirmed Cases
  • Board of Health Directives
    • The Board of Health directed staff to post additional signage at certain conservation areas, rail trails, and the Arboretum to help reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus and safeguard all of our residents.  The purpose of the signage is to provide information about wearing a face mask and about the statewide stay at home advisory.  The signage will also be used to reduce parking to limit occupancy at the Arboretum and rail trails.  One way signs are also going to be posted at the Arboretum and any other areas where possible to keep the flow of visitors moving in the same direction.  
  • Updates from Town and State Officials
    • A recording of the Senior Center’s "Java with John" program is available to be viewed online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftfYfsNsZTs .  In this program Town Manager John Mangiaratti is joined by special guests Representative Tami Gouveia, Nursing Director Heather York, and Senior Center Director Sharon Mercurio to provide  important information about COVID-19 related matters.

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COVID-19 Updates for April 9, 2020 8:00 PM

  • Confirmed Cases
  • Federal Guidance Regarding Face Masks
    • On Friday, April 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that all individuals going out in public wear cloth face masks as precaution in situations where social distancing is hard to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing is the practice of keeping at least six feet between people while in public.
  • Tax Bill Deadline Extended 
    • In accordance with the Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting from COVID-19, signed on Friday, April 3, the Town is exercising the option made available by the legislation to extend the due date of tax payments. The Board of Selectmen voted to extend the tax bill deadline from May 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020. If such tax bills are unpaid after June 1, 2020, all fees and interest shall be waived as long as the amount due is paid by June 30, 2020
      Bills can be paid:
      • Online at https://epay.cityhallsystems.com/selection
      • By using the drop box at Town Hall, located at 472 Main St. Payments dropped in the drop boxes should be in the form of check or money order; please do not put cash in the drop boxes.
      • By mailing the payment directly to Acton Town Hall, 472 Main St., Acton, MA 01720.
      • Residents who have questions regarding their bill can email collector@actonma.gov.
  • Town Offices, Facilities and Recreation Spaces
    • All town buildings, playgrounds, recreation fields, NARA Park, and the skate park remain closed to the public while Massachusetts’s State of Emergency is in effect. The closures are being ordered out of an abundance of caution in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and promote social distancing. Rail trails and conservation trails remain open, but residents are encouraged to practice social distancing and not congregate in groups if they are using the trails.  Town Hall services are still operational and staff is available during normal hours throughout the work week. Please call 978-929-6620 or use www.actonma.gov to contact staff.
  • Transfer Station Hours
    • The Acton Transfer Station has adjusted operating hours and is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. This adds Monday as a new day of service for residents. The first hour of operation (7-8 a.m. of each day) is designated for seniors only. For more information on the Transfer Station and Recycling Center, please call 978-929-7742.
  • Restaurants and Non-Essential Businesses
    • Many of Acton’s restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Visit www.actonrestaurantweek.com for a current list of options.  On Tuesday, March 31, Gov. Charlie Baker extended the closure of non-essential businesses to the public until May 4.  Gatherings of more than 10 people are also prohibited until May 4.  The closures are being done out of an abundance of caution in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and promote social distancing. Essential businesses that remain open during time should promote this practice as well.  The Stay at Home Advisory Gov. Baker announced last month also remains in effect. This advisory encourages residents to stay home unless absolutely necessary, for example picking up groceries or medications. Residents may exercise outdoors, but are encouraged to practice social distancing when doing so. More information about the advisory can be found here.
  • Donations of Personal Protective Equipment
    • Town officials would like to express their gratitude for residents and local businesses who have donated masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Town.
      Acton’s Public Safety Facility, 371 Main St., is ready to serve as a central drop-off point for PPE including home-made masks. Those looking to make a donation should call 978-929-7711 to coordinate a drop-off.  The Public Safety Facility remains closed to the public for all non-emergency business until further notice. Residents should continue to call 911 during any emergency and first responders will respond as always.
  • Additional Information
    • The Annual Town Election as well as the Special State Election have been postponed to Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Early voting by mail is encouraged and is now available. More information can be found at actonma.gov/elections.
    • All Acton residents were mailed a letter this week from the Board of Health with important information about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to listen to the Town of Acton’s FM radio station WAEM 94.9, where town officials are broadcasting public meetings and other current information and programming.
    • Additionally, the Acton Senior Center’s "Java with John" program with Town Manager Mangiaratti will broadcast live this Friday at 10 a.m. on ActonTV’s Youtube channel and on radio 94.9 FM. If you have any questions send them in advance to manager@actonma.gov or 978-929-6611.
    • Information on COVID-19 is updated daily on the Town of Acton website, actonma.gov. The Town has also created a COVID-19 information center, which can be accessed at actonma.gov/covid19.  
    • For more information, residents may also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website here or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (DPH) website here.


COVID-19 Updates for April 8, 2020 9:30 PM

  • The are a total of 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton that have been reported from the Mass Department of Public Health to the Town of Acton.   View more details from Acton Public Health about the reporting of confirmed cases: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6306/Acton-COVID-Case-Reporting-Info  Due to privacy concerns individual details are not provided.
  • Temporary parking restrictions are in place on Quarry Road and Ledge Rock way to support enforcement of the Board of Health order to close NARA Park.
  • Tax Bill Deadline Extended:  The Board of Selectmen voted to extend the current May 1, 2020 due date for 4th Quarter FY2020 tax bills to June 1, 2020.  Also, if such tax bills are unpaid after June 1, 2020 all fees and interest shall be waived if the amount due is paid by June 30, 2020.
  • The Acton Board of Health ordered the closure of NARA Park for the duration of the declared local state of emergency. View the order here:  https://www.actonma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6317/NARA-Park-Closure-Order-Board-of-Health-4-6-2020  
  • The CDC published new recommendations regarding wearing masks and face coverings in public.  View more information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html and here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.  
  • The Acton Transfer Station has adjusted operating hours and is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00AM to 3:00PM.  The first hour starting at 7:00 AM is designated for Seniors.  For more information on the Transfer Station and Recycling Center, please call (978) 929-7742.
  • The Acton Senior Center’s "Java with John" program will be broadcast live this Friday at 10am on ActonTVs Youtube channel and also on radio 94.9 FM.  If you have any questions send them in advance to manager@actonma.gov.
  • For the most up to date information of COVID-19 via text messages from state officials text the word "COVIDMA" to the phone number 888-777
  • All town buildings, playgrounds, recreation fields, NARA Park, and the skate park remain closed to the public.  Town Hall services are still operational.  Please call or use the web site to contact staff.
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others to help decrease the transmission of COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Updates for April 7, 2020 9:30 PM

  • The are a total of 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton that have been reported from the Mass Department of Public Health to the Town of Acton.   View more details from Acton Public Health about the reporting of confirmed cases: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6306/Acton-COVID-Case-Reporting-Info  Due to privacy concerns individual details are not provided. 
  • Tax Bill Deadline Extended:  The Board of Selectmen voted to extend the current May 1, 2020 due date for 4th Quarter FY2020 tax bills to June 1, 2020.  Also, if such tax bills are unpaid after June 1, 2020 all fees and interest shall be waived if the amount due is paid by June 30, 2020.
  • The Acton Board of Health ordered the closure of NARA Park for the duration of the declared local state of emergency. View the order here:  https://www.actonma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6317/NARA-Park-Closure-Order-Board-of-Health-4-6-2020  
  • The Board of Selectmen voted to establish temporary parking restrictions near NARA Park to support the enforcement of the park closure.
  • The CDC published new recommendations regarding wearing masks and face coverings in public.  View more information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html and here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.  
  • The Acton Transfer Station has adjusted operating hours and is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00AM to 3:00PM.  The first hour starting at 7:00 AM is designated for Seniors.  For more information on the Transfer Station and Recycling Center, please call (978) 929-7742.
  • Several residents and local businesses have donated masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We are grateful for this generosity.   Acton’s Public Safety Facility is ready to serve as a central drop-off point for PPE including home-made masks.  Call first 978-929-7711 to coordinate your drop-off. The Public Safety Facility is located at 371 Main Street in Acton. Do not enter the building!  
  • Many of Acton’s restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Visit www.actonrestaurantweek.com for a current list of options.
  • The Board of Health ordered all non-essential construction activity to cease immediately in accordance with guidance from the Governor’s office.
  • Rail trails and conservation trails remain open but residents are reminded to practice social distancing at all times.  
  • Stay tuned to the Town of Acton’s FM radio station WAEM 94.9 as we are broadcasting public meetings and other current information and programming.
  • The Acton Senior Center’s "Java with John" program will be broadcast live this Friday at 10am on ActonTVs Youtube channel and also on radio 94.9 FM.  If you have any questions send them in advance to manager@actonma.gov.
  • For the most up to date information of COVID-19 via text messages from state officials text the word "COVIDMA" to the phone number 888-777
  • All town buildings, playgrounds, recreation fields, NARA Park, and the skate park remain closed to the public.  Town Hall services are still operational.  Please call or use the web site to contact staff.
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others to help decrease the transmission of COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Updates for April 6, 2020 9:30 PM

  • The are a total of 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton that have been reported from the Mass Department of Public Health to the Town of Acton.   View more details from Acton Public Health about the reporting of confirmed cases: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6306/Acton-COVID-Case-Reporting-Info  Due to privacy concerns individual details are not provided. 
  • The Acton Board of Health voted this evening to close NARA Park effective immediately and for the park to remain closed for the duration of the declared local state of emergency.
  • The CDC published new recommendations regarding wearing masks and face coverings in public.  View more information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html and here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.  
  • The Acton Transfer Station has adjusted operating hours and is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00AM to 3:00PM.  The first hour starting at 7:00 AM is designated for seniors.  For more information on the Transfer Station and Recycling Center, please call (978) 929-7742.
  • Acton’s Public Safety Facility is ready to serve as a central drop-off point for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including home-made masks.  If you have N95 masks, PPE or home-made masks, please share them.  The police will distribute items locally where most needed. Call first 978-929-7711 to coordinate your drop-off. The Public Safety Facility is located at 371 Main Street in Acton. Do not enter the building!  Masks are urgently needed. Acton Boxborough Regional School District food services urgently requests 30 masks. Home-made masks are fine.  First responders need N95 masks. Please call first before dropping off masks at the PSF in Acton. 
  • Reminder from Public Safety:  When you call 9-1-1, please share if someone in your home has tested positive for COVID-19, feels ill or is in self-isolation. Help protect our first responders.
  • Many of Acton’s restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Visit www.actonrestaurantweek.com for more a current list of options.The Board of Health affirmed orders to close fields and playgrounds.  View the order here: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6305/April-2-Updated-BOH-closure-of-town-fields
  • Rail trails and conservation trails remain open but residents are reminded to practice social distancing at all times.  
  • All town buildings, playgrounds, recreation fields, NARA Park, and the skate park remain closed to the public.  Town Hall services are still operational.  Please call or use the web site to contact staff. 
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others to help decrease the transmission of COVID-19. 
  • Stay tuned to the Town of Acton’s FM radio station WAEM 94.9 as we are broadcasting public meetings and other current information and programming.
  • For the most up to date information of COVID-19 via text messages from state officials text the word "COVIDMA" to the phone number 888-777

COVID-19 Updates for April 5, 2020 9:15 PM

  • The are a total of 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton that have been reported from the Mass Department of Public Health to the Town of Acton.   View more details from Acton Public Health about the reporting of confirmed cases: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6306/Acton-COVID-Case-Reporting-Info  Due to privacy concerns individual details are not provided. 
  • The Board of Health affirmed orders to close fields and playgrounds.  View the order here: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6305/April-2-Updated-BOH-closure-of-town-fields
  • Many of Acton’s restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Visit www.actonrestaurantweek.com for more a current list of options.
  • An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting From COVID-19 signed into law by Governor Baker this afternoon. Here is a link: https://www.mass.gov/doc/chapter-53-of-the-acts-of-2020/download
  • The Board of Health reminds all residents that all playgrounds and recreational facilities are closed and residents should not be congregating at these locations.  Do your part, as everyone in Acton has a role in helping to contain the spread.  We need to limit exposure to all of our residents from this highly contagious virus.  Our rail trails and conservation areas remain open but residents are reminded to practice social distancing at all times.  
  • All town buildings, playgrounds, recreation fields, and the skate park remain closed to the public.

COVID-19 Updates for April 3, 2020 6:15 PM

  • The are a total of 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton that have been reported from the Mass Department of Public Health to the Town of Acton.   View more details from Acton Public Health about the reporting of confirmed cases: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6306/Acton-COVID-Case-Reporting-Info  Due to privacy concerns individual details are not provided. 
  • The Board of Health affirmed orders to close fields and playgrounds.  View the order here: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6305/April-2-Updated-BOH-closure-of-town-fields
  • Many of Acton’s restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Visit www.actonrestaurantweek.com for more a current list of options.
  • An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting From COVID-19 signed into law by Governor Baker this afternoon. Here is a link: https://www.mass.gov/doc/chapter-53-of-the-acts-of-2020/download
  • The Board of Health reminds all residents that all playgrounds and recreational facilities are closed and residents should not be congregating at these locations.  Do your part, as everyone in Acton has a role in helping to contain the spread.  We need to limit exposure to all of our residents from this highly contagious virus.  Our rail trails and conservation areas remain open but residents are reminded to practice social distancing at all times.  

COVID-19 Updates for April 2, 2020 9:15 PM

  • The are a total of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton that have been reported from the Mass Department of Public Health to the Town of Acton.  Due to privacy concerns individual details are not provided.
  • The Board of Health is sending a town-wide letter to inform all residents about how to lower their risk of coronavirus infection.  A copy of the letter is available at http://www.actonma.gov/covid19 
  • Many of Acton’s restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Visit www.actonrestaurantweek.com for more details.
  • The Board of Health reminds all residents that all playgrounds and recreational facilities are closed and residents should not be congregating at these locations.  Do your part, as everyone in Acton has a role in helping to contain the spread.  We need to limit exposure to all of our residents from this highly contagious virus.  Our rail trails and conservation areas remain open but residents are reminded to practice social distancing at all times.  
  • Increasing awareness of social distancing at our public parks is a priority.  We have taken several measures at the direction of the Board of Health to limit public contact with tables and other surfaces at our parks. All picnic tables at NARA Park and all other recreation areas will be removed from service at this time. Available parking at NARA Park will be reduced, with several of the larger lots temporarily closed.
  • Watch the latest episode of Java with John Friday at 1pm on ActonTVs youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/actontv1   You may also listen on 94.9 FM WAEM. Special guests to be announced ahead of the show.
  • All town buildings, playgrounds, recreation fields, and the skate park remain closed to the public.
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others to help decrease the transmission of COVID-19. 
  • Stay tuned to the Town of Acton’s FM radio station WAEM 94.9 as we are broadcasting public meetings and other current information and programming.
  • For the most up to date information of COVID-19 via text messages from state officials text the word "COVIDMA" to the phone number 888-777

COVID-19 Updates for April 1, 2020 8:30 PM

  • The are a total of 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton that have been reported from the Mass Department of Public Health to the Town of Acton.  Due to privacy concerns individual details are not provided.
  • The Board of Health is sending a town-wide letter to inform all residents about how to lower their risk of coronavirus infection.  A copy of the letter is available at http://www.actonma.gov/covid19 
  • Many of Acton’s restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Visit www.actonrestaurantweek.com for more details.
  • The Board of Health reminds all residents that all playgrounds and recreational facilities are closed and residents should not be congregating at these locations.  Do your part, as everyone in Acton has a role in helping to contain the spread.  We need to limit exposure to all of our residents from this highly contagious virus.  Our rail trails and conservation areas remain open but residents are reminded to practice social distancing at all times.  
  • Increasing awareness of social distancing at our public parks is a priority.  We have taken several measures at the direction of the Board of Health to limit public contact with tables and other surfaces at our parks. All picnic tables at NARA Park and all other recreation areas will be removed from service at this time. Available parking at NARA Park will be reduced, with several of the larger lots temporarily closed.
  • The Acton Board of Health is accepting applications for medical and non-medical volunteers to become members of the Town of Acton’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). An MRC is a network of residents and professionals who are interested in serving the Town of Acton and beyond by providing medical, public and mental health support during an emergency. A member of the MRC will benefit from free training and continuing education in areas including but not limited to CPR/first aid, sheltering, incident command system, and personal protection during an emergency. The MRC will also become familiar with local emergency plans, procedures and facilities. An MRC member may choose to stay local or be a part of a regional or nationwide response team. Please contact the Acton Health Division at health@actonma.gov if you would like an application or have any questions.
  • All town buildings, playgrounds, recreation fields, and the skate park remain closed to the public.
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others to help decrease the transmission of COVID-19. 
  • Stay tuned to the Town of Acton’s FM radio station WAEM 94.9 as we are broadcasting public meetings and other current information and programming.
  • For the most up to date information of COVID-19 via text messages from state officials text the word "COVIDMA" to the phone number 888-777

COVID-19 Updates for March 31, 2020 9:00 PM

  • The are a total of 4 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton that have been reported from the Mass Department of Public Health to the Town of Acton.  Due to privacy concerns individual details are not provided.
  • The Board of Health is sending a town-wide letter to inform all residents about how to lower their risk of coronavirus infection.  A copy of the letter is available at http://www.actonma.gov/covid19 
  • Many of Acton’s restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Visit www.actonrestaurantweek.com for more details.
  • The Board of Health reminds all residents that all playgrounds and recreational facilities are closed and residents should not be congregating at these locations.  Do your part, as everyone in Acton has a role in helping to contain the spread.  We need to limit exposure to all of our residents from this highly contagious virus.  Our rail trails and conservation areas remain open but residents are reminded to practice social distancing at all times.  
  • Increasing awareness of social distancing at our public parks is a priority.  We have taken several measures at the direction of the Board of Health to limit public contact with tables and other surfaces at our parks. All picnic tables at NARA Park and all other recreation areas will be removed from service at this time. Available parking at NARA Park will be reduced, with several of the larger lots temporarily closed.
  • The Acton Board of Health is accepting applications for medical and non-medical volunteers to become members of the Town of Acton’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). An MRC is a network of residents and professionals who are interested in serving the Town of Acton and beyond by providing medical, public and mental health support during an emergency. A member of the MRC will benefit from free training and continuing education in areas including but not limited to CPR/first aid, sheltering, incident command system, and personal protection during an emergency. The MRC will also become familiar with local emergency plans, procedures and facilities. An MRC member may choose to stay local or be a part of a regional or nationwide response team. Please contact the Acton Health Division at health@actonma.gov if you would like an application or have any questions.
  • All town buildings, playgrounds, recreation fields, and the skate park remain closed to the public.
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others to help decrease the transmission of COVID-19. 
  • Stay tuned to the Town of Acton’s FM radio station WAEM 94.9 as we are broadcasting public meetings and other current information and programming.
  • For the most up to date information of COVID-19 via text messages from state officials text the word "COVIDMA" to the phone number 888-777

COVID-19 Updates for March 30, 2020 9:00 PM

  • There are 4 confirmed case of COVID-19 in Acton.  Due to privacy concerns individual details are not provided.
  • The Board of Health reminds all residents that all playgrounds and recreational facilities are closed and residents should not be congregating at these locations.  Do your part, as everyone in Acton has a role in helping to contain the spread.  We need to limit exposure to all of our residents from this highly contagious virus.  Our rail trails and conservation areas remain open but residents are reminded to practice social distancing at all times.  
  • Acton’s Annual Town Election has been postponed until June 2, 2020 which is also the new date for the Special State Election.  Voters are encouraged to vote by mail through absentee or early voting.  For more details go to http://actonma.gov/election 
  • Board of Selectmen and Board of Health voted to temporarily suspend enforcement of the local plastic bag ban until July 1, 2020.
  • The Board of Selectmen approved a temporary emergency policy directive for public employees and public meetings and public hearings for remote participation.  This policy is available online at http://www.actonma.gov/covid19 
  • The transfer station is currently operating at normal hours with restrictions in place to implement social distancing practices. 
  • All town buildings, playgrounds, recreation fields, and the skate park remain closed to the public.
  • Many of Acton’s restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Visit www.actonrestaurantweek.com for more details.

COVID-19 Updates for March 28, 2020 11:00 AM

  • There is 1 confirmed case of COVID-19 in Acton.
  • The Board of Health reminds all residents that all playgrounds and recreational facilities are closed and residents should not be congregating at these locations.  Do your part, as everyone in Acton has a role in helping to contain the spread.  We need to limit exposure to all of our residents from this highly contagious virus.  Our rail trails and conservation areas remain open but residents are reminded to practice social distancing at all times.  
  • ActonTV produced an informational video called the "The Epidemic and You" with advice and commentary from local medical professionals.  View the video here http://www.actonma.gov/covid19
  • The March 27 episode of the Senior Center program called "Java with John" is available online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMbsY5UyAEk&t=1051s  This program has updates on Town of Acton’s response to COVID-19 and important updates from Acton Nursing, Acton Council on Aging, and Acton Memorial Library.
  • There is a video published on youtube explaining  precautions you might take when bringing groceries and other food into the house. It is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjDuwc9KBps
  • Acton’s Annual Town Election has been postponed until June 2, 2020 which is also the new date for the Special State Election.  Voters are encouraged to vote by mail through absentee or early voting.  For more details go to http://actonma.gov/election 
  • Board of Selectmen and Board of Health voted to temporarily suspend enforcement of the local plastic bag ban until July 1, 2020.
  • The Board of Selectmen approved a temporary emergency policy directive for public employees and public meetings and public hearings for remote participation.  This policy is available online at http://www.actonma.gov/covid19 
  • The Finance Department published COVID-19 related FAQs on its web page: https://www.acton-ma.gov/132/Finance 
  • The transfer station is operating at normal hours with restrictions in place to implement social distancing practices.
  • All town buildings, playgrounds, recreation fields, and the skate park remain closed to the public.
  • Many of Acton’s restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Visit www.actonrestaurantweek.com for more details.
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others to help decrease the transmission of COVID-19. 
  • Stay tuned to the Town of Acton’s FM radio station WAEM 94.9 as we are broadcasting public meetings and other current information and programming.
  • For the most up to date information of COVID-19 via text messages from state officials text COVIDMA to 888-777

COVID-19 Updates for March 27, 2020 9:00 AM

  • There is 1 confirmed case of COVID-19 in Acton.
  • ActonTV produced an informational video called the "The Epidemic and You" with commentary from local medical professionals.  View the video here http://www.actonma.gov/covid19
  • Acton’s Annual Town Election has been postponed until June 2, 2020 which is also the new date for the Special State Election.  Voters are encouraged to vote by mail through absentee or early voting.  For more details go to http://actonma.gov/election 
  • Board of Selectmen and Board of Health voted to temporarily suspend enforcement of the local plastic bag ban until July 1, 2020.
  • The Board of Selectmen approved a temporary emergency policy directive for public employees and public meetings and public hearings for remote participation.  This policy is available online at http://www.actonma.gov/covid19 
  • The Finance Department published COVID-19 related FAQs on its web page: https://www.acton-ma.gov/132/Finance 
  • The transfer station is operating at normal hours with restrictions in place to implement social distancing practices.
  • A live broadcast of the Senior Center program called "Java with John" will be held today at 10am broadcast on ActonTV’s youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/actontv1 and our radio station WAEM 94.9 FM. This program will provide updates on Town of Acton’s response to COVID-19 and provide an opportunity for seniors and residents to ask questions virtually. It will also be shown later on Acton TV
  • All town buildings, playgrounds, recreation fields, and the skate park remain closed to the public.
  • Many of Acton’s restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Visit www.actonrestaurantweek.com for more details.
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others to help decrease the transmission of COVID-19. 
  • Stay tuned to the Town of Acton’s FM radio station WAEM 94.9 as we are broadcasting public meetings and other current information and programming.
  • For the most up to date information of COVID-19 via text messages from state officials text COVIDMA to 888-777


COVID-19 Updates for March 26, 2020 5:15 PM


  • The Town of Acton has been notified by the Department of Public Health of the town’s first positive case of COVID-19.
  • Acton Public Health Nurses are working closely with the resident and will notify others who may have been in contact with them. The person with COVID-19 is in isolation and is recovering at home, per DPH orders. Public health officials are conducting contact tracing to identify and provide guidelines to anyone who has been in close contact with this case.
  • In order to protect the resident’s medical privacy rights, no additional information will be disclosed about the patient.

Social Distancing and Hygiene

  • The Town of Acton encourages residents to practice social distancing -- remaining at least six feet away from others, and Gov. Baker has temporarily banned gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • Social distancing will help to minimize exposure among people, especially given that COVID-19 is highly contagious and people may be contagious prior to exhibiting symptoms.
  • Local, state and federal health officials are encouraging residents to take the following precautions to prevent infectious diseases, such as the flu and COVID-19, from spreading:
    • Washing hands with soap and water, scrubbing hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%-95% alcohol. 
    • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces, including phones, tablets, keyboards, doorknobs, light switches, faucet handles, toilet flushers, countertops. 
    • Avoid sharing personal items such as lip balm, water bottles, eating utensils, etc. 
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing and then wash hands. 
    • Community members should stay home and avoid contact with others when experiencing flu-like symptoms including a fever of 100.4 and should remain home until symptom-free and/or fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

Additional Guidelines

As always, if anyone displays symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, they should not come to work or school and they are advised to contact their primary care physician.

The DPH recommends that residents continue with good hygiene practices including:

  • Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including under your fingernails. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) can be used when soap and water are not available. 
  • Keep your hands away from your face. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing with a tissue and discard it immediately. Cough into the sleeve over your elbow instead of your hand. Wash your hands often when coughing and sneezing. 
  • Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick. 
  • Avoid social gatherings with large groups, particularly if you are over the age of 60, have underlying health conditions, a weakened immune system or are pregnant. 

COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, has been declared a Global Pandemic by the World Health Organization and has moved Governor Baker to declare a State of Emergency and President Donald Trump to declare a National Emergency. Governor Baker on Thursday also made a formal request to the federal government for a Major Disaster Declaration.

Police, Fire and EMS Services

The Acton Police and Fire Departments are fully staffed and prepared to respond to any emergencies. Officers, firefighters and medics may appear different and may be wearing additional personal protective equipment (PPE) when responding to calls and their interactions with the public will be different, out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of first responders.

If emergency fire or medical services are needed, residents should inform the 911 dispatcher if they or anyone they have been in contact with is experiencing signs and symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 virus. The dispatcher should also be alerted if individuals or anyone they live with or have come in contact with have been required to self-quarantine.

When requesting police, fire or emergency medical services, when possible, safe and feasible, residents may also be asked to meet first responders outside their homes.

Residents are asked NOT to dial 911 for questions or concerns about coronavirus/COVID-19. The state has also set up the phone number 211 to answer questions that residents may have concerning COVID-19. If someone feels sick, they are asked to call their primary care provider as a first point of contact.

The Town of Acton has taken the COVID-19 crisis seriously and since March 13 has closed all Town buildings and has limited functions to only essential services to help decrease the spread of the virus. Additionally, the Acton Board of Selectmen and Board of Health declared a local State of Emergency on March 19. 

Information on COVID-19 is updated daily on the Town of Acton website, actonma.gov. The Town has also created a COVID-19 information center, which can be accessed at actonma.gov/covid19.

For more information, residents may also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website here or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (DPH) website.


COVID-19 Updates for March 25, 2020 8:30 AM

  • No confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton.
  • Acton’s Annual Town Election has been postponed until June 2, 2020 which is also the new date for the Special State Election.  Voters are encouraged to vote by mail through absentee or early voting.  For more details go to http://actonma.gov/elections 
  • Board of Selectmen voted to work with the Board of Health to temporarily suspend the plastic bag ban until July 1, 2020. The Board of Health meets on Thursday.
  • Governor Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health both issued a “Stay-at-home Advisory” effective 03/24/2020 at noon.  All residents are being asked to only leave their home for essential needs such as food, pharmacy and healthcare services as well as COVID-19 essential workers, to name a few.  Please see the full MDPH Advisory  and Governor Bakers list of COVID-19 Essential Services for further guidelines to help decrease the spread of community acquired COVID-19. 
  • The Board of Health have ordered that  all portable bathrooms and public bathrooms, not in support of essential services, shall remain closed during this public health emergency.
  • The Finance Department published COVID-19 related FAQs on its web page: https://actonma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6282/COVID-19-FAQ-Finance-3-23-2020?bidId=
  • The transfer station is operating at normal hours with social distancing practices in place.
  • All town buildings remain closed to the public.
  • Many of Acton’s restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Visit www.actonrestaurantweek.com for more details.
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others to help decrease the transmission of COVID-19. 
  • Stay tuned to the Town of Acton’s FM radio station WAEM 94.9 as we are starting to broadcast public meetings and other current information and programming.
  • For the most up to date information of COVID-19 via text messages from state officials text COVIDMA to 888-777


COVID-19 Response Updates for March 24, 2020 2:00 PM

  • No confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton.
  • The March 31st Special State Election to fill vacancy in the 37th Middlesex District is postponed to a new date set as June 2, 2020.
  • The Board of Selectmen will meet to consider setting a new date for the postponed Annual Town Election which was also scheduled for March 31st.
  • Governor Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health both issued a “Stay-at-home Advisory” effective 03/24/2020 at noon.  Along with this advisory, Governor Baker also issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that are not providing COVID-19 essential services close their physical workplaces to workers, customers and the public.  All residents are being asked to only leave their home for essential needs such as food, pharmacy and healthcare services as well as COVID-19 essential workers, to name a few.  Please see the full MDPH Advisory  and Governor Bakers list of COVID-19 Essential Services for further guidelines to help decrease the spread of community acquired COVID-19. 
  • For the most up to date information of COVID-19 via text messages from state officials text COVIDMA to 888-777
  • The Board of Health have ordered that  all portable bathrooms and public bathrooms, not in support of essential services, shall remain closed during this public health emergency.
  • The transfer station is operating at normal hours with social distancing practices in place.
  • All town buildings remain closed to the public.
  • Today, March 24, is the Great American Takeout.  Many of Acton’s restaurants remain open for takeout and delivery. Visit www.actonrestaurantweek.com for more details. 
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others to help decrease the transmission of COVID-19.  

COVID-19 Response Updates for March 23, 2020 8:30 PM

  • No confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton.
  • Earlier today Governor Baker issued a "stay at home advisory" and has also required non-essential businesses to close to the public starting tomorrow through April 7th.   View the full details at http://www.mass.gov
  • All town buildings remain closed to the public.
  • The transfer station is operating at normal hours with social distancing practices in place.
  • The Board of Health met tonight to discuss further measures to help our community respond COVID-19 situation.  
  • Starting tonight we are activating our FM radio station WAEM 94.9 to provide information to residents.  The Board of Health meeting was broadcast and stay tuned for more programming this week.
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others to help decrease the transmission of COVID-19.  

COVID-19 Response Updates for March 22, 2020 12:00 PM

  • No confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Acton
  • Per order of the Board of Health all playgrounds and playing fields are closed until further notice.
  • Board of Health and Board of Selectmen voted to declare a local state of emergency.  View the declaration here https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6269/March-2020-Declaration-of-Local-Emergency
  • Board of Health closed all personal care services which cannot be provided at a distance of at least six (6) feet effective Saturday, March 21, 2020 including hairdressers, nail salons, massage services, body art.  View the full order here: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6270/boh-ban-effective-March-21st-at-8am
  • The Board of Health is meeting Monday evening and the Board of Selectmen is meeting Tuesday evening.  Check the agenda listing for info on how to participate virtually.
  • View updated information on available food resources at www.actonma.gov/covid19 under our Community Resources information
  • A new video showing some of the measures we are taking as a community is available here: www.actonma.gov/covid19
  • New COVID-19 related resources available for businesses at www.actonma.gov/business 
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others to help decrease the transmission of COVID-19.  This includes limiting social gatherings to no more than 10 people in one location.

COVID-19 Response Updates for March 20, 2020 1:00 PM

  • Number of confirmed cases in Acton: 0
  • Board of Health and Board of Selectmen voted to declare a local state of emergency.  View the declaration here https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6269/March-2020-Declaration-of-Local-Emergency
  • Board of Health closed all local services to the public which cannot be provided at a distance of at least six (6) feet effective Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 8:00 AM including hairdressers, nail salons, massage services, body art.  View the full order here: https://www.acton-ma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6270/boh-ban-effective-March-21st-at-8am
  • Public buildings and playgrounds closed until further notice
  • A daily bagged lunch pickup program has been announced by AB Schools in collaboration with the AB Neighbor Brigade see details at www.abschools.org 
  • A new video showing some of the measures we are taking as a community is available here: www.actonma.gov/covid19
  • New COVID-19 related resources available for businesses at www.actonma.gov/business 
  • Practice social distancing of 6 feet between yourself and others to help decrease the transmission of COVID-19.  This includes limiting social gatherings to no more than 10 people in one location.


Comprehensive listing of service updates at Acton’s COVID-19 Information Center: http://www.actonma.gov/covid19

Acton's COVID-19 Information Center
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