Weekly News Roundup – 03/28/2020
COVID-19 Updates & Precautions • Coronavirus Closures: Gov. Baker Orders All Mass. Schools Stay Closed Until May 4 • Massachusetts allows delay of local elections • Massachusetts state income tax deadline extended to July 15 • Police Chief Edward Lee Resignation • Hopkinton Town – Job Posting • The Hopkinton Independent debuts their new website • HCAM Presents “Hopkinton Hangouts Hour” weekdays 2 to 3pm!
COVID-19 Updates & Precautions
A list of essential Covid-19 services, can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-essential-services
Town Officials and Emergency Management personnel continue to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 public health emergency. As of 12:00 p.m. on 3/23/20, Hopkinton’s Health Department has 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases. We now have cases within the community that cannot be linked to either travel or known contact with a COVID-19 case. We intend to implement further action necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. We will require that all businesses that are deemed essential, comply with social distancing recommendations. Additionally, we will now require and enforce social distancing guidelines if necessary.
Hopkinton Covid 19 Resource Page Hopkinton Board of Health, Public Safety, School Department, and Emergency Management departments continue to closely monitor and prepare for Covid 19
Coronavirus Closures: Gov. Baker Orders All Mass. Schools Stay Closed Until May 4
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Wednesday that all schools in the state will be closed through the end of April due to coronavirus.
The state will be sending out guidance to school districts on Thursday. Districts will be expected to implement new remote learning plans by early April.
Massachusetts allows delay of local elections
Towns can postpone local elections this spring to help residents avoid the coronavirus, thanks to a law signed Monday night by Gov. Charlie Baker.
Elections scheduled on or before May 30 may be postponed, according to a notice from the Secretary of State’s Office, and ballots printed with the original date may be used. Elections must be held by June 30.
Massachusetts state income tax deadline extended to July 15
The 2019 Massachusetts individual income tax filing and payment deadline was extended Friday from April 15 to July 15 due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. This income tax relief is automatic and taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms to qualify, Gov. Charlie Baker said.
Police Chief Edward Lee Resignation
On behalf of the Select Board, Norman Khumalo (Town Manager) announced the resignation of Police Chief Edward Lee. The Town has accepted his resignation effective April 3, 2020 – exactly 6 years after he joined the Town.
Hopkinton Town – Job Posting
The Town of Hopkinton (est. population 18,000) with an $87 million budget seeks qualified candidates for the full-time position of Executive Assistant to the Town Manager’s Office.
The Hopkinton Independent debuts their new website
The new website debuted on Tuesday, now features all articles from the print edition along with original web content posted daily.
HCAM Presents “Hopkinton Hangouts Hour” weekdays 2 to 3pm!