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Posted on: March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

May 18, 2020 Safer-at-Home Advisory click here

Effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Governor Baker issued an Order requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Exceptions include children under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition. Click here for details.

See Town of Charlton information below. For up to date information on COVID-19 click here

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

Charlton Public Assistance Hotline


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 18th. 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.


April 28th, 2020-Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures to May 18th, Announces Reopening Advisory BoardGatherings of 10 or more prohibited until May 18th, Stay at Home Advisory Remains in Effect.

BOSTON – Today, the Baker-Polito Administration extended the essential services emergency order to May 18th and launched a Reopening Advisory Board that will produce a plan to the Governor by May 18th. The Administration also announced that the Department of Public Health’s Stay At Home Advisory remains in effect and gatherings of 10 or more people remain prohibited until May 18th. 

Essential Services Order: Governor Charlie Baker’s emergency order requiring that all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public will be extended until May 18th. Businesses and organizations not on the list of essential services are encouraged to continue operations through remote means that do not require workers, customers, or the public to enter or appear at the brick-and-mortar premises closed by the order. This order also extends the existing ban on gatherings of more than 10 people until May 18th.

Stay at Home Advisory: Governor Charlie Baker announced that the Department of Public Health’s stay-at-home advisory will remain in effect. Residents are strongly urged to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary person to person contact during this time period. Residents who are considered at high risk when exposed to COVID-19 should limit social interactions with other people as much as possible.

Executive Branch Employee Guidance: The Baker-Polito Administration today also extended the guidance issued to Executive Branch employees on protocol during the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure the state government can continue to provide key services while protecting the health and safety of the public and the Executive Branch workforce. Under the guidance, all employees performing non-core functions who are able to work remotely should continue to do so until May 18th.

Reopening Advisory Board: Today, Governor Baker announced the formation of the Reopening Advisory Board, which will be Co-Chaired by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. The Board brings public health officials together with leaders from the business community and municipal government from across the Commonwealth. This group is charged with advising the administration on strategies to reopen the economy in phases based on health and safety metrics. It will meet with key stakeholders and solicit input from a variety of constituencies over the next three weeks to develop a report by May 18th that will include DPH approved workplace safety standards, industry frameworks and customer protocols and guidelines, including enforcement mechanisms and coordination with municipal leaders. This report is due on the 18th, but the administration has made clear that public health data and guidance from health care experts will dictate the timeline of the re-opening process.

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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