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COVID-19 Updates

Posted on: March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update 3/24/2020

Town Officials and Emergency Management personnel continue monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. Updates will continue to be posted to the Town’s website at and will be issued via email/text through Town News, as well as the Town’s social media channels. Subscribe to receive these email/text messages at

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Charlton Restaurants Open for Business

Despite the Governor’s mandated closures of non-essential businesses, the Town of Charlton’s Local Food establishments continue to serve you. A list of available food options are available Here:


Governor Mandates Closure of Non-Essential Business and Issues Stay Home Advisory

Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Monday, May 4th. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely.

The Baker-Polito Administration issued a list of designated businesses and other organizations that provide essential services and workforces related to COVID-19 that shall continue to operate brick and mortar facilities during this two-week time period. This list is based on federal guidance and amended to reflect the needs of Massachusetts’ unique economy. While these businesses are designated as essential, they are urged to follow social distancing protocols for workers in accordance with guidance from the Department of Public Health.


Social Distancing: You may not feel sick but you could be contagious

Every child and adult needs to maintain at least a 6-foot distance from someone outside their household and to stay away from enclosed public spaces, unless it is absolutely necessary (such as the grocery store or pharmacy).

It is extremely important to understand:

  • that most people who contract COVID-19 may have very mild symptoms initially but are still contagious and can infect another person
  • that someone’s life could be put at risk if they contract COVID-19
  • Social Distancing reduces the spread of the virus
  • Minimizing the spread of COVID-19 helps our first responders and hospitals

If you’re feeling run down, watch for a low-grade fever, a minor cough, or shortness of breath. If you begin to exhibit symptoms, CALL your healthcare provider for instructions.

Mental, Health and Human Services

During this uncertain time, anxiety may be on the rise or other issues may be surfacing that create even more uncertainty and questions. Mass 211 is a free resource available 24/7 that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community. It serves as a resource for finding government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources. Always a confidential call, Mass 211 maintains the integrity of the 9-1-1 system saving that vital community resource for life and death emergencies.

Status of Charlton’s Municipal Buildings and Grounds 

Town Hall

  • the building is closed to the public, only essential staff is on site and as necessary
  • email is the best method to reach a department, see the Staff Directory for assistance
  • certain government board/committee meetings have moved to an online meeting platform and instructions are detailed at as to how residents can participate. Board of Selectmen meetings will still be available through cable access
  • the Building Department is closed except for emergency building inspections and mandatory inspections for ongoing projects
  • the Health Department is essential staff focused solely on COVID-19 and is closed to non-emergency inspections
  • the Town Clerk is available for limited services, email the office directly.
  • Visit  to view bill paying options

Department of Public Works

  • the DPW building is closed to the public and emergency response teams are in place, call 508-248-2212 to leave a voicemail, call 508-248-2250 for after hour emergencies


  • No pre-need lot sales or arrangements until further notice.
  • Immediate need lot sales or transactions only.
  • No graveside services with over 10 people in attendance for as long as this situation dictates, as mandated by local and state health authorities.
  • Limit all interaction with the general public as much as possible.
  • Maintenance of the cemetery grounds will carry on.

Fire and Police stations

  • Buildings are staffed and closed to the public. Residents are encouraged to minimize physical visits to only essential business
  • DO NOT visit if you are exhibiting flu-like symptoms or are feeling run-down, please call in advance. This is to protect the health of the town’s first-responders

The Council on Aging 

  • The Council on Aging is closed
  • Essential COA staff are checking voicemail and email regularly throughout the business day. Call 508-248-2231 or email for assistance
  • Meals on Wheels delivery will continue for now, as usual
  • Please visit the COA status web page at for further information and updates

Charlton Public Library

  • are closed until further notice in keeping with local/federal directives
  • Do not return borrowed materials to the Library 
  • the digital library is always available and Librarians are offering support to patrons who need help using digital resources. Visit the Library website for details

Municipal, Recreation and School playgrounds, parks and fields

  • All playgrounds in Charlton are closed until further notice
  • All Dudley Charlton Regional School fields and grounds are closed to the public
  • Municipal and Recreation parks and fields may be accessed by individuals and people from the same household to get fresh air and general exercise. Maintain at minimum a 6-foot distance when others are present and follow recommended public hygiene of handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes. 
  • Group activities are prohibited, including but not limited to practices, games, clinics or informal "pickup" activities, even if less than 10 in number

State and Federal Resources

Massachusetts Office of Business Development

Massachusetts Unemployment Assistance

Center for Disease Control

Steps to address Homelessness

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