Message to the Community
The situation regarding COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, with each day providing more information. The town leadership is working hard to bring you the most up to date information regarding the pandemic. There are multiple venues to stay connected, see below for links to these options. This page will stay current with the most up to date information you need to know about how this crisis is affecting Ashland and steps we are taking to do what is best for the community.
COVID-19 TOWN HOTLINE: 508-532-7900 - You can also send questions to Covid19@ashlandmass.com.
EMAIL NEWSLETTER: Sign up for updates and encourage your friends and neighbors to do so as well.
TOWN OF ASHLAND FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TownofAshlandMA/
The CDC Coronavirus site is updated regularly with important information. Please bookmark it and refer to it frequently: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
ASHLAND BOARD OF HEALTH: https://www.ashlandmass.com/178/Health
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Information from Ashland Public Schools
- Ashland Public Schools will be closed until May 4th.
- The School Department is providing grab and go meals for students. Families who wish to participate should contact Lisa Beaudin, our Director of Nutrition Services at email@example.com.
- For more information visit the Ashland Public School Website: http://www.ashland.k12.ma.us/
NON ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES CLOSED THROUGH May 4th: Click here for more details on defining what are essential businesses
PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS: Please note that as of 3/23/2020 all Ashland Parks (to include: Stone Park, School Fields, Community Center Fields, Community Gardens, The Corner Spot and Marathon Park) and playgrounds (to include: KidsSpot and Community Center Playgrounds) are closed to the public. Warren Woods and The Warren Conference Center have also closed parking areas to discourage large crowds.
Please Note: State parks (Hopkinton State Park & Ashland State Park) and associated parking areas remain open at this time; however, the public is asked to visit state parks and other open space properties that are located near their homes to ensure social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19. DCR advises visitors of state parks to:
- Stay within solitary or small groups, and avoid gatherings of ten or more people;
- Practice social distancing of at least six feet between individuals;
- Participate in only non-contact recreational activities;
- Practice healthy personal hygiene, such as handwashing for at least 20 seconds; and,
- Stay home if ill, over 70, and/or part of a vulnerable population.
EVENTS: All town-sponsored organized events and activities are canceled for the foreseeable future, effective Friday, March 13th. And all private events that are to be held on town property (like rentals of the Community Center) are cancelled as well.
SCHOOLS: Ashland Public Schools are CLOSED through May 4th 2020.
TOWN OFFICES: All town buildings are CLOSED through May 4th 2020.
COMMUNITY: The Senior Center, Food Pantry and Library are CLOSED through May 4th 2020.
FOOD PANTRY: COVID-19 Food Pantry Plan: The food pantry will be available for curbside pick-up Monday’s from 11am - 12pm and Wednesday’s from 1pm-2pm, people are asked to sign up ahead of time by calling 508-532-7946 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If the above times don’t work due to scheduling conflicts, Food Pantry Appointments are also available by calling 508 532 7946 or 508 532 7942
ASHLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT: The Main & Cedar Street Stations will be closed to the public for visiting & tours. Only persons that are conducting regular business will be allowed.
SPORTS: Ashland Youth Soccer, Softball, Baseball, Lacrosse are canceled until further notice.
RELIGIOUS SERVICES: Catholic Masses have been canceled as of 3/13/2020.
DPW: Waste Management’s Call Center is back up and running (remotely) and ready to accept requests for Ashland residents that are enrolled in the town’s curbside trash & recycling pick-up program to schedule their 1 bulk item per month pick-up, as needed. Please call Waste Management at 800-972-4545. Please be patient, the Waste Management Customer Service Representatives are working remotely and there’s a good chance you will encounter a period of waiting before a representative takes your call.
Please be advised that ALL Simple Recycling collection operations in the state are still temporarily suspended. This will remain in effect until further notice. Please DO NOT leave the pink SimpleRecycling bags with textile and household goods recycling at the curb.....they WILL NOT be collected. When the collection suspension is lifted, notification will be sent.
Local Government Operations
- Currently, all state, federal, and local taxes & fees are still required to be paid according to the original schedule. Although offices will be closed, we will still take payments through the drop box. To encourage people to conduct more transactions online, bank fees and charges for online transactions are now being waived for residents.
- The Select Board, at their meeting April 1st will be asked to extend the deadline for the payment of 4th quarter real estate taxes until June 1, 2020. This ability to extend the deadline is dependent on legislation being considered at the state level.
- Resident Tax Relief- The filing deadline for state and federal income taxes has been moved from April 15th to July 15th.- Motor vehicle excise taxes due on March 30th. However, if you do not have the ability to pay by that date, no late charges or interest will be charged provided you make your payment by May 1. This effectively extends the deadline by over a month.
Ashland Fire Prevention is suspending all Home Sale Inspections throughout the COVID-19 Crisis until further notice. Click here to read the Governor’s order.
Please note that in accordance with the Governor’s executive orders, live remote participation is being allowed for public hearings through the Zoom platform. Live remote participation is being limited to public hearings of regulatory boards at this time, and residents are still able to provide comments via email. Meetings will continue to be streamed via Youtube and on WACA TV channels. Links to all meetings can be found on www.ashlandmass.com under each meeting posting as well as on each individual agenda. Directions on how to use Zoom can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Primary care physicians should be contacted first. Local hospitals will be screening for Coronavirus as well.
AFC Urgent Care at 38 Boston Post Road West in Marlborough is seeing patients with respiratory-related and possible COVID concerns. Patients will have TeleHealth visits, including a video with our provider and if needed drive-up flu, strep, and COVID testing. Please call us at 508-658-0764 option 5 to register. Patients with non-respiratory symptoms will be seen in the clinic as usual. The hours of operations are M-F from 8 to 8 pm and weekends from 8 to 5 pm.
Reliant Medical Group Reliant Medical Group patients for COVID-19 when clinically appropriate. Call your provider at Reliant Medical for more information.
UMass Memorial Medical Center will start drive-through coronavirus screening in a special facility at its University Campus in Worcester for certain patients
Metrowest Medical Center is offering drive-through coronavirus testing at the Framingham location. Patients are asked to first complete an online assessment.
Complete List of current Massachusetts Covid-19 Testing sites: https://www.mass.gov/doc/ma-
Social/ Physical Distancing Requirements and Guidelines
- Social distancing means maintaining a 6 foot distance from other people.
- Public gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited.
- Starting March 17 through April 7, on-site food and drink consumption is prohibited at any restaurant or bar. Eateries are allowed to continue or begin take-out or delivery services. This is going to have a significant impact on our businesses. The Town of Ashland is partnering with local restaurants and the Ashland Emergency Fund in a program to simultaneously address economic and food security concerns of our residents and businesses. I would ask you to utilize our restaurants take out and delivery services or purchase gift cards to help sustain them.
- Grocery stores and Pharmacies WILL remain open but will be asked to enforce social distancing practices.
- Visitors are banned from nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and rest homes.
- Hospital will restrict and limit visitors to their facilities. They will also be cancelling all non-essential elective procedures.