Coronavirus 2020

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.   

CoronaVirus - COVID-19 Information

Town Communications

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.

TWITTER: @ashlandmass and @AshlandTwnMgr 

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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COVID-19 Ashland Cases

Confirmed Cases = Individuals who have tested positive for the virus.

Cleared Cases = The number of cases you see are people that have tested positive and are now cleared. This does not include their close contacts.  
(Please note this change in data collection effective 4.23.20)

July 2nd, 2020 by Age
July 2nd, 2020 by Date

COVID-19 Data by Week

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July 2nd 2020 Data

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Get Tested for COVID-19 for FREE on Wednesday, June 17th & Thursday, June 18th 

Governor Charlie Baker announced a two-day ‘pop up’ testing initiative—this Wednesday-Thursday—for anyone who has attended a recent large gathering.

For details including locations and testing visit: www.mass.gov/GetTested 

Additional information regarding Coronavirus

COVID-19 Information Feb- March

COVID-19 Information March-May

Facial Coverings/ Masks

Please wear face masks/ coverings in public spaces both indoors and outdoors, when social distancing is not feasible. Children under two and those with medical conditions are exempt from this order.

See the complete order from Governor Baker here, May 1 Order

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Government Meetings

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.

2020 Annual Town Meeting Election and Voting Information

Annual Town Meeting
NEW DATE: Tuesday, June 30th.
7:00 PM at Ashland High School, 65 East Union St.

The Annual Town Election Wednesday, June 24, 2020
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM at Ashland High School

  • The deadline to register to vote for the Annual Town Election is Friday, June 12th
  • View the ballot for the June 24, 2020 Town Election here

  • Vote early by mail here

For additional information visit the Town Clerk’s Web Page. contact by email, or call 508-532-7127 

Watch Candidates Forum and Select Board Debate

If you missed the Candidates’ Forum, you can watch both the Candidate forum and the Select Board Debate on WACATVAshland.

Ashland COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

ASHLAND COVID-19  RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

In response to the loss of income to households due to Covid-19, this program has been created and funded by the CARES Act funds granted to the Town of Ashland and the Affordable Housing Trust utilizing their Community Preservation Act funds. This program seeks to be efficient and responsive. It is temporary in nature. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis starting on July 7, 2020. Applicants are eligible for up to three months rental or mortgage assistance (Assistance can be used to pay current and future rent, or pay rent that is past due since 3/1/2020).

For more information and to access the application, please visit our website.

Please contact Emma Snellings, Assistant Town Planner at esnellings@ashlandmass.com or 508-532-7930 for a paper application or with any questions.

Town of Ashland’s Reopening Guidelines
June 1st, 2020

Ashland Town Buildings will be open beginning this week by appointment only during standard operating hours

You are encouraged to continue to use online services and the drop box located at town hall for business.  However, if you need to conduct business in person, town buildings will reopen to the public this week by appointment only. 

Please contact the specific department for the service you request, by calling directly. Click here for the full staff directory. If you are unsure of the department you need please call the COVID-19 Hotline; 508-532-7900.

Please note that you will be asked pre-screening questions at the time you book your appointment. If you come by without an appointment, we request you call us from outside the building, preferably from inside your vehicle, before entering. All appointments will be logged by staff in a "Visitor’s Log". 

Please, use the hand sanitizer station outside the building before entering. Please, follow all posted social distancing and hygiene standards when using the building. Wear face-coverings (unless there is a preexisting medical condition) and utilize the hand sanitizer stations throughout the building as well.

Municipal buildings follow the MA Reopening Plan for Office Spaces, requiring an occupancy limit of 25% percent of the listed maximum capacity.

Town Hall

town hallTown Hall is open by appointment only for essential services that cannot be completed electronically.  Please call Town Hall at 508-881-0100, or the COVID-19 Hotline, 508-532-7900, to schedule a time to conduct business that cannot be completed electronically. Click here for the full staff phone directory.

As mentioned above, we will ask pre-screening questions at the time you book your appointment. If you come by without an appointment, we request you call us from outside the building, preferably from inside your vehicle, before entering. All appointments will be logged by staff in a "Visitor’s Log". 

Please, enter Town Hall from the side door (the door that faces the parking lot), as the Front and Rear doors will be locked. Please, use hand sanitizer before entering, wear a face-covering (if applicable), and maintain social distancing. When using the elevator, please ride the elevator alone or with members of your family. 

Community Center

community centerCommunity Center is open by appointment only.  Please call the Community Center at 508-881-0140 to schedule an appointment with the needed service’s office. There will be no programs or social gatherings at the center. If possible, please continue to use the online services rather than making an appointment.

As mentioned above, we will ask pre-screening questions at the time you book your appointment. If you come by without an appointment, we request you call us from outside the building, preferably from inside your vehicle, before entering. All appointments will be logged by staff in a "Visitor’s Log". 

Please, enter the Community Center’s main entrance. All doors will be locked. Please ring the doorbell at the time of your appointment, and the staff will let you into the building. Please, use hand sanitizer before entering, wear a face-covering (if applicable), and maintain social distancing. 

The Ashland Food Pantry will remain appointment only with curbside pick-up through the end of June on Mondays and Wednesdays- please remember to call ahead. Call 508-532-7942 or 508-532-7946. You can also email, humanservices@ashlandmass.com

Visit their websites for more information:
Ashland Human Services:
Elder Services
Ashland Recreation

Public Library

Library Concord St EnterenceThe library’s curbside hours:

Monday- Thursday: 
11:00 am- 6:00 pm
Friday- Saturday: 
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
The library remains closed to the public

Staff is available to answer inquiries over the phone:
Monday- Thursday 10 am - 8 pm, 
Friday 10 am - 6pm and Saturday 10 am - 5 pm

Curbside Pick-Up Guidelines:

Any item that is marked as AVAILABLE in ASHLAND in the Minuteman catalog can be requested for curbside pickup. Find the items that you want in the Minuteman catalog and place a hold listing Ashland as your pickup location. 

If you don’t have internet access at home, please call the library at 508-881-0134 for staff assistance to place a hold. Your reserved items will be held for one week. Please note that statewide delivery is not available at this time so no items owned by other libraries may be requested for pickup in Ashland.

There will be a limit of 10 items per library card per day that can be picked up.

This service is available to anyone with a valid Minuteman library card.

Visit the library’s website for more information 

Department of Public Works

DPWAshland Department of Public Works (DPW) is open by appointment only. 

Please call DPW at 508-881-0120 to schedule an appointment. If possible, please continue to use the online services rather than making an appointment. As mentioned above, we will ask pre-screening questions at the time you book your appointment. If you come by without an appointment, we request you call us from outside the building, preferably from inside your vehicle, before entering. These appointments will be logged by staff in a "Visitor’s Log". 

Please, use hand sanitizer before entering, wear a face-covering (if applicable), and maintain social distancing.

Visit DPW Website for more information

Public Parks

Ashland Reservoir_summer day-6Public Parks opened on May 25th

Public Parks are now open for passive recreation activities including: Walking/ Hiking, Jogging, Running, Fishing, Bird/ Nature Watching, Kite Flying, Dog walking. Organized sports and activities, sports fields, playgrounds, pavilions, and restrooms, remain closed. 

Community Gardens may open as members follow state guidelines and the previously established policies created by Community Gardens. 

Please maintain social distancing of 6 ft or more and remain within family units, use face masks/coverings, and more importantly, stay home if you feel sick.

Communications from our Town Manager 

Resources from the Economic Development Office

Our office has created these three webpages for business owners to find information and guidance to reopen their establishments. Find tools, ideas, and resources to reopen your business safely. 

Local Information for Reopening your Business

Let us know you are reopening

In order for the town to stay informed of when businesses are opening, we are asking that you complete a short form when you are ready to open. Please CLICK HERE to access the short form for us to track your plans moving forward.

Outdoor Seating Regulations

View Town of Ashland’s Outdoor Seating Regulations

Massachusetts Reopening Advisory Board Information

Click on the images below to visit the corresponding webpages

Business Owners Click for Recovery Tools

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Business Owners Click Here for Recovery Resources

Business Recovery Resources

Restaurant Owners Click Here for Recovery Resources

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Information from Ashland Public Schools

  • Ashland Public Schools will be closed through the rest of the school year. 
  • The School Department is providing grab and go meals for students until June 30th. After that, families are encouraged to pick up meals at Framingham’s Barbieri School located at 100 Dudley Road. For more information, contact Lisa Beaudin, our Director of Nutrition Services at nutrition@ashland.k12.ma.us.
  • If your family faces food insecurity, there are many other sites in Framingham and across the State that you can access as well.  Click here to view the list, and please take advantage of this opportunity even if you are away from home.
  • For more information visit the Ashland Public School Website: http://www.ashland.k12.ma.us/ 
  • Information regarding reopening in Fall of 2020
    see Superintendent, Jim Adam’s message here.
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