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Covid 19 Confirmed Cases and Deaths as of July 10, 2020 at 3 PM
Covid 19 Confirmed Cases and Deaths as of July 3, 2020 at 4 PM
Covid 19 Confirmed Cases and Deaths as of June 26, 2020 at 3 PM
Please note the Belchertown Water District has issued a water use ban. details can be found to the left.
Statement from the Belchertown Board of Selectmen
We are united in our anger, deep sadness and frustration by the senseless murder of George Floyd by those empowered to serve and protect the community of Minneapolis. George Floyd, unfortunately, is only the latest example of a long and unbroken line of atrocities committed against people of color which, yet again, expose and illuminate a deep-seated and systemic problem with racism in our country.
This problem permeates our social structures - through the halls of our schools and halls of justice, our community institutions, and our laws. This is not because they are unique institutions, but rather because they are simply a reflection of our history and the larger culture. We share the belief that racism must be actively opposed to be eradicated. It is not enough, as many white people assume, to simply not hold obviously racist beliefs.
Belchertown - its leaders, educators, and public servants - do not in any way, condone the actions of the Minneapolis Police Department and others across the nation where incidents have occurred. We will aggressively work to identify and eliminate racism and biases in any form within our community and its institutions. History has shown that staying silent when there is an opportunity to advocate for those who feel unseen and underrepresented is not the right course of action.
Black lives matter.
This desperate rallying cry is not to be confused with the sentiment that Black lives matter more than other lives. That was never the intent of the message. No life matters if black lives don’t; that is the challenge we are willing to accept as a community.
We acknowledge that we must take this opportunity to engage further and look inward on our policies and procedures, including opportunities for Diversity and Inclusion training, recruiting and hiring practices to increase employee and volunteer diversity, and community collaborations to support active anti-racism efforts. We believe that town government should be a strong ally to create a more welcoming environment for minority-owned businesses. We will listen to our black neighbors and learn about their experiences and expectations. The door has been opened for further dialogue and conversation. It is vital that we hold space for these important conversations and promote their inclusion into our town practices.
And finally, to the black, indigenous and people of color, we hear you. We see you. You don't have to be afraid to be different, you don't have to want to blend in, we as a community acknowledge your experience in this world as a non-white person, and we support you. We are listening and ready to take the next essential steps.
Covid 19 Confirmed Cases and Deaths as of June 19, 2020 at 3 PM
Covid-19 Confirmed Cases and Deaths as of June 12, 2020 at 5PM
Covid 19 Confirmed Cases and Deaths as of June 5, 2020 at 4PM
Covid 19 Confirm Cases and Deaths as of May 29, 2020 at 3 PM
If your Belchertown Based business has been impacted by COVID-19, Please take this short survey to help us help you.
Memorial Day changes for 2020 Please see link to the left.
Governer Baker's plans for re-opening Massachusetts
Covid 19 Confirmed cases and deaths as of May 15, 2020 at 4PM
Covid 19 confirmed cases and deaths as of May 8, 2020 at 4 PM
Covid- 19 cases and deaths as of May 1, 2020 at 4 PM
Some business related resources for Belchertown businesses
COVID- 19 Cases by Massachusetts Community
COVID-19 What is "close contact" ?
COVID -19 Cases and Contacts as of Friday April 10,2020 at 4PM
DIY Cloth Face Covering Instructions
COVID-19 Cases and Contacts as of Friday April 3, 2020 at 4 PM
Please note change to GotoMeeting information for Selectmen meetings starting 4-6-2020. Information can be found here.
Selectmen meetings to resume normal Monday schedule. Meetings for 3-31,4-1, 4-2, and 4-3 of 2020 are cancelled. Meetings resume 4-6-2020
Town of Belchertown Reports First Cases of COVID-19
Selectmen's daily meeting cancelled today, 3-27-2020
Selectmen's daily meeting cancelled today, 3-26-2020
Important notices, Please read all the way down.
Dear Belchertown residents:
Today, March 23rd, 2020, Governor Baker ordered all non-essential businesses to operate remotely effective March 24th at noon. This means no in person contact, unless the type of business is on the Governor’s exempt list which can be found on mass.gov. (Supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, health care facilities, and businesses like those)
Continue to practice good social distancing measures as we work our way through the spread of Covid-19.
Your individual efforts will add up to the overall health of Belchertown and beyond. Thank you for your diligence.
Belchertown Select Board
(Order linked below)
Governor Charlie Baker Orders All Non-Essential Businesses To Cease In Person Operation, Directs the Department of Public Health to Issue Stay at Home Advisory For Two Weeks
With onset of the Corona virus in Western Massachusetts, we must do our best as a community to minimize the impact of its spread across our town. This includes limiting in-person public interaction with Town employees. Town Employees will remain available via telephone and email to assist you. Police and Fire Departments remain available to respond to incidents.
Selectmen Declare Local State of Emergency Due to COVID -19. See full press release to left.
Dear Belchertown Residents
Effective immediately, public access to the Town buildings and Town outdoor areas will be restricted until further notice.
Many transactions can be done online and we highly encourage everyone to utilize that method. Drop boxes will also be installed at different Town building locations very quickly to help those that prefer a different method.
If you have questions about transactions in general, please call the respective department and they will be able to help you determine the best way to accomplish your objective. We have a dedicated team that will look for ways to make positive outcomes for you out of this situation.
Under the Governors Emergency Order for Open Meetings, all public meetings will now be done remotely until further notice, please refer to the meeting notices to obtain remote participation information.
How we help each other during this critical juncture will have a significant impact on our community’s ability to move effectively through this public health situation.
Thank you for understanding and doing your part to help Belchertown limit the spread of the corona virus.Sincerely
Belchertown Board of Selectmen
What is social distancing?
Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people. It can include large-scale measures like canceling group events or closing public spaces, as well as individual decisions such as avoiding crowds.
What is “Flattening the Curve”?
With COVID-19, the goal of social distancing right now is to slow down the outbreak in order to reduce the chance of infection among high risk people and to reduce the burden on health care systems and workers. Experts describe this as "flattening the curve”
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