Coronavirus Information

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4-3-20  Funding Available to Support Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

The CARES Act makes substantial funding available to support small businesses impacted by the coronavirus through the Small Business Administration, both through new programs and adjustments to existing programs.  Please click on the following link to learn more.
CARES Act-SBA-Paycheck Protection Program & Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance

4-3-20  Burning Permit Update

For those who were not able to obtain a burning permit and would like to receive one please use the following procedure: Mail a stamped self-addressed envelope with a check for five dollars with your phone number on it made out to the “Town of Rehoboth” to 334 Anawan St., Rehoboth MA 02769 and we will mail the permit back to you. You may also drop it in the drop box at Town Hall. Please be advised the State has never extended burning season and May 1st will be the last day!

4-3-20  Keep a Journal of Contacts

It is being recommended that we all keep a list of the people we are in contact with each day. Each confirmed case of COVID-19 is investigated by a case manager who is responsible for contacting everyone who was exposed to the patient. The only way to be certain one can provide the necessary information to the case manager is to keep a list; especially when a person is dealing with the stress caused by a positive test result.

4-2-20  Help Support Rehoboth’s Food Establishments

Please support our local food establishments by placing a delivery or takeout order. We have canvassed the list of businesses holding town issued food permits to determine the services they are offering and their hours of operation. Click on the image below to download the PDF.  Please observe social distancing protocols ~ Bon Appetite! 

Rehoboth Food Establishments

4-2-20  Support the Great Egg Hunt

What a great family is activity! Thank you to whomever started sharing this idea with the Community. We have attached a link for the full sized template.  Click on the image below to download a PDF.  How many eggs will you find?

Great Egg Hunt

3-31-20  Selectmen Launch COVID-19 Helpline

The Board of Selectmen has established a direct line to assist residents with issues related to Town services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any resident who has a question, concern or is having difficulty reaching any town department should call 774-565-8111 (or if you prefer, you can email to gschwall@town.rehoboth.ma.us). Your call will be directed to Board of Selectmen Chairman Gerry Schwall, who will connect you to the person who can provide assistance.

No Rehoboth resident should feel they are facing this crisis on their own. We have a full range of services and resources we can access to provide help.

3-31-20  Make Time Today to be Counted in the U.S. Census

Recently, you should have received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau, inviting you to go online to respond to the 2020 federal Census. The U.S. Census counts every person in the country every 10 years. The information gathered through the census is used to decide how much our communities get in state and federal money for things like public health, transportation, and education.  The census is quick, easy, and important, and all of your answers are confidential.
Please visit www.my2020census.gov and be counted today.

3-31-20  Volunteers Needed for Meals on Wheels

We are looking to create a list of volunteers who could be available as alternates to help deliver meals to residents who rely on the Meals on Wheels program. Presently, our core group of volunteers is providing the incredibly important service; however, in these uncertain times it is important we maintain a list of others who would be able to step in to support his essential service.

Please click on the link below and complete the talent bank form if this is something you want to help with. You can also call Linda Sherman at the Council of Aging (508) 252-3372 if you would like more information about the program.
Talent Bank Form

3-30-20  Rehoboth Food Pantry – New Hours of Operation

The Rehoboth Food Pantry has announced new hours of operation in response to current demand. Effectively immediately, the Pantry will be open for normal distribution every Thursday from 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM and every Saturday from 8:00 AM – 10:00AM. In the interest of health and wellness all food distribution by the pantry will be conducted in a “drive up / pick up” format.

The Rehoboth Food Pantry also delivers food to our neighbors who need that service, and during this time of crisis are expanding this service to those who are most susceptible to the virus and for those who are unable to come to the pantry. This includes the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

At this time there is no food shortage so the Pantry will continue to distribute the normal allotments. Monetary donations are always welcome if you are able and looking for a way to contribute.

Any questions or requests for delivery please contact us at 508-493-1922.

3-29-20 Help Make Masks for First Responders

A Rehoboth resident who has been busy making surgical masks for Rhode Island hospitals and the Rhode Island National Guard is turning her attention to helping increase the supply of surgical masks for Rehoboth first responders. However, sourcing supplies from traditional outlets is becoming harder as others across the area are mobilizing to help protect health care professionals and first responders from the Coronavirus.

This is where we can all help. Please check your sewing supplies and let us know if you have cotton or cotton blend material, ¼ inch elastic, or ¼ inch or ½ inch double fold bias tape which you could donate for this important service. You can also help make masks if you have a sewing machine and some available time. Instructions are available along with a helpful video. Please contact the Selectmen’s Office (508) 252-3758 or send an email to gschwall@rehobothma.gov if you have extra supplies you can donate or if you can assist in making masks. We will make arrangements to get the materials where they are needed, or connect you with someone who can help you get started making masks.

Also, please remember we are still sourcing N-95 masks, face shields, eye protection, and disinfecting supplies. The responsiveness and generosity of our Community has been very moving and we are making progress. Thank you.

3-29-20 Commonwealth Launches New Online Tool to Access Symptoms

The Commonwealth has launched an online tool named Buoy to assist Massachusetts residents assess symptoms related to COVID-19 and to learn about COVID-19 prevention and treatment. Click on the link below to learn more.

https://www.buoyhealth.com/

3-29-20 Selectmen to Provide COVID-19 Update

Starting two weeks ago the Board of Selectmen have been providing a live update as to the steps the Town has been taking to keep government services operating while protecting the residents and employees. The updates will continue at the beginning of each meeting throughout the Governor’s declared state of emergency. We encourage residents to tune to Channel 9 or stream the meeting live by visiting RehobothTV.org at 7:00 PM each Monday to stay informed throughout this evolving situation.

3-27-20 Registry of Motor Vehicles Update

The RMV will be strictly enforcing a No Walk-In Policy.  Only Customers with Appointment Reservations Will Be Served for Required In-Person Transactions. Click on the link below for complete details.

3-26-20  REAL ID Enforcement Extension

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it is extending the enforcement of REAL ID by twelve months. The new deadline is October 1, 2021. The decision was made in recognition of the strain placed on state and local officials who are managing the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.  You can read the entire statement from DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf by clicking on the link below:

3-26-20  Dighton Reports First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

The Dighton Board of Health and the Board of Selectmen announced earlier today they were notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19 by the Massachusetts Department of Health. The individual is being treated at home and those who had been in contact with the individual are self-quarantining.

3-25-20 - Thank You Rehoboth

We would like to thank everyone who responded so generously to our call for N-95 masks, N-95 respirators, and disinfecting materials. The response has been very gratifying to all of us but especially our first responders who are now better equipped to remain safe when responding to calls for help.

We are continuing our efforts to source these items through the commercial market wherever possible, but please contact us if you find you have the needed masks or cleaning supplies. We can make arrangements to get them into the hands of those who need them. Please call the Selectmen’s Office at 508-252-3758, or you can send an email to gschwall@town.rehoboth.ma.us
Thank you. Stay safe. Stay well

3-25-2020 - First Positive COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Rehoboth

The Rehoboth Board of Health was informed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) of a positive case of COVID-19 in the community of Rehoboth. The resident has been notified and we are in the process notifying those who came into contact with this person. The individual, as well as people the individual was in contact with, will self-quarantine at home. Due to privacy laws, further information regarding the resident will not be disclosed.

“We have known that COVID-19 was coming to Rehoboth,” Gerry Schwall, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen said. “Our COVID-19 Task Force has been preparing for the arrival and we are prepared to respond. I ask members of our community to remember that it is the simple things done correctly that will save lives. Wash your hands, cover your cough and stay away from those who are feeling ill. Stay home; especially if you feel sick. The simple things we were taught as a child will help protect our families, our friends, and our neighbors.”

The Town of Rehoboth expects more positive cases within the community as testing becomes more readily available. The Board of Health is actively monitoring the situation and responding according to guidance provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Please stay at home, engage in good hygiene practices including sanitizing frequently touched surfaces, covering your mouth when coughing, and washing your hands.

The Rehoboth Board of Health and COVID-19 Task Force are committed to ensuring public safety and providing timely updates to the best of our ability. Please visit the Town of Rehoboth Website COVID-19 page for updates:

https://www.town.rehoboth.ma.us/coronavirus

For additional information please visit the following links:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html  

https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

3-24-20 - Annual Town Elections Postponed

Pursuant to Section 1 of Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020 and because of the State of Emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to executive order 591, Declaration of a State of Emergency to Respond to COVID-19, and in consultation with the Town Clerk and Town Counsel, it was voted at the March 23, 2020 Board of Selectmen’s meeting that the Rehoboth Annual Town Election scheduled for April 7, 2020 is hereby postponed to Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

All individuals who are on the ballot for the April Election, and currently serving, will remain in place until the Election occurs in June.

3-24-20 - Annual Town Meeting Rescheduled

The Board of Selectmen voted to exercise its authority to reschedule the Special and Annual Town Meeting scheduled for May 12, 2020 to June 16, 2020, with a second session scheduled for June 23, 2020, if needed. 

Pending legislation would authorize the Board to postpone the meetings into July or August, if necessary. Should the new fiscal year begin without a budget in place the Town would operate under a 1/12th budget until a meeting could be held and appropriations are approved.

3-24-20 - Transfer Station Update

The Rehoboth Board of Health announced a change to the operation of the Transfer Station. Effectively immediately, the Swap Shed will remain closed until further notice. The Transfer Station will continue to remain open during regular hours. Protocols have been put in place to protect both residents and employees. Remember to observe social distancing guidelines when during all in-person interactions.

3-24-20 - Meetings of Elected and Appointed Bodies

The Board of Selectmen has directed elected and appointed bodies to suspend non-essential meetings during the period of the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency. Elected and appointed bodies with essential business to conduct on behalf of the Town and its residents will coordinate with the Town Administrator to ensure all meetings are conducted remotely and in accordance with the revised Open Meeting Law requirements. All meetings will be posted and made available to the public to hear the deliberations.  The intent of this direction is to keep the business of government moving forward in a safe, transparent, and effective manner.

There is one exception to the remote meeting directive. The Board of Selectmen will continue to meet in person on Monday evenings to conduct the Town’s business and to provide updates directly to the residents on matters involving public health, public safety, and town services.

3-24-20 - Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Order No. 13:

Order Assuring Continued Operation of Essential Services in the Commonwealth, Closing Certain Workplaces, and Prohibiting Gatherings of More Than Ten People

(Please click on the actual document title (above) to download or view ~ thank you)

3-24-2020 - Update on the Blanding Library

This is an update on the Blanding Library as of 3-24-2020. As you may know, the library has been closed to the public for the last week and the staff has been doing their best to provide pick-up and drop-off service at the door. Following Governor Baker's announcement yesterday, and the advice of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, we will regretfully end that service as well for the next two weeks. 

3-21-20 - Virtual Meeting to Help with Unemployment Claims Scheduled for Sunday, March 22nd 

To help with the increased demand on the unemployment system, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) will be hosting virtual town hall meetings. The DUA will take all who sign up through a step by step process of achieving a successful unemployment claim. They will also be taking questions from claimants across the Commonwealth. Applicants should file for benefits at https://www.mass.gov/unemployment-insurance-ui-online 

The first virtual town hall will be held this Sunday, March 22nd, at 3:30pm. Sign up information for the virtual town hall is available at www.mass.gov/unemployment/townhall

To further help claimants through the process of applying for benefits, the DUA has made specific web page updates that include the latest guidance for employee qualifications and additional resources like contact forms and a COVID-19 specific unemployment claim handbook that can be viewed at https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-unemployment-and-coronavirus-covid-19.

3-20-20 - Transfer Station to Remain Open During Regular Posted Hours

The Rehoboth Board of Health announced the Transfer Station will be open during regular hours until further notice. Protocols have been put in place to protect both residents and employees. Remember to observe social distancing guidelines when during all in-person interactions.

3-20-20 - Request to Assist First Responders

On behalf of our first responders, we are asking contractors, stonecutters, and residents who may have masks identified as N95 to please contact the Selectmen’s Office (508) 252-3758. As reported by the news outlets, these masks are very difficult to source and we are exhausting all avenues to ensure our first responders have what they need to protect themselves and their families as they serve our community. We have also been attempting to secure additional disinfecting solution and would appreciate any information on points of contact anyone may have. Thank you.

N95 Mask

3-19-20 - Keep Rehoboth Beautiful to Postpone Town Wide Cleanup until the Fall

The Keep Rehoboth Beautiful Committee (KRB) announced today the town wide cleanup scheduled for April has been postponed until the fall. Further details will be posted on the KRB and Town websites.

3-19-20 - SBA Approves Massachusetts Disaster Declaration

The Baker-Polito Administration announced today that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available following a request received from Governor Charlie Baker on March 17, 2020. Please Click Here for additional information.

3-18-20 - Rehoboth Food Pantry Expands Services in Response to Coronavirus Crisis

Currently the Rehoboth Food Pantry delivers food to our neighbors who need that service. During this time of crisis we are opening the delivery to our neighbors who are most susceptible to the virus and for those who are unable to come to the pantry. This would certainly include the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.

Also, in response to the COVID-19 crisis the Rehoboth Food Pantry board has decided to expand our hours to better serve our neighbors in need. In the interest of health and wellness all food distribution by the pantry will be conducted in a “drive up” format (you need to stay in your vehicle) to protect the volunteers and our neighbors. We will provide breakfast and lunch items every Tuesday from 8am – 10am and every Saturday from 8am – 10am. We will also be open for our normal distribution every Thursday from 2:30 – 4:30 but again, is in a drive up format.  Please, if you are able to drive to the pantry then please do so.

Please keep in mind that there is NO food shortage so we will be distributing our normal allotments. Right now the help we need is that of monetary donations.

Any questions or requests for delivery please contact us at 508-493-1922 

3-18-20 - Mass 211 Expanded to Include Information and Assistance Concerning COVID-19

Need Help & Don't Know Where To Turn? Every day, someone somewhere in Massachusetts needs to find essential community services, an after school program, a food bank, or where to secure care for an aging parent. Many face these challenges, but don't always know where to turn for help. The Solution is to Dial 2-1-1. Mass 211 has now been expanded to include information concerning COVID-19

Mass 211 is an easy to remember telephone number 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.

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Mass 211 is an easy way to find or give help in your community.

Mass 211 responds immediately during times of crisis, to field calls regarding the crisis and to direct callers to services most appropriate for their needs. If you are unable to reach 2-1-1 due to your telephone or cell phone carrier, a toll-free number is available 1-877-211-MASS (6277); Hearing impaired callers can reach us using 508-370-4890 TTY

https://mass211.org/

3-18-20 - Coronavirus and Our Pet Population

There have been a number of questions raised regarding the impact COVID-19 can have on our pet population. In response to these questions we have reached out to the Humane Society of the United States for answers. In response to our questions, Massachusetts Director Ms. Laura Hagen forwarded the attached link which provides answers to frequently asked questions.

3-18-20 - Area Stores – Hours and Policies

The attached document (Click Here) provides the latest information regarding store hours and policies for some of the larger stores in our area.

Please remember to support our local neighborhood stores whenever possible.

3-17-2020 - Fire Department Permits / Inspections  

The Coronavirus has necessitated changes to the permitting and inspection services provided by the Rehoboth Fire Department.  In relation to the COVID-19 virus and all Federal, State and Local mandates please see the current procedures below:

  • Effective at 3pm on March 17, 2020 all Fire Stations and Fire Department Administrative Offices will be closed to the public.
  • The issuance of burning permits has been suspended indefinitely. If you already have a burning permit please follow the instructions on the permit and call daily to see if burning is being allowed and to receive permission to burn if so.
  • If you are a contractor, installer, technician or are in need of a permit for your business please submit it by mail or address to the Fire Department and deposit in the drop box in front of Town Hall. You may also call the office if you need an immediate or critical permit and we will handle them on a case by case basis.

We will be continuing to perform inspections for real estate transfers, propane installations, oil burners and tanks etc. on an as needed and case by case basis. Please call the office for determination and scheduling as well.

We thank you for your understanding and regret any inconvenience this may cause but need to keep the safety of our employees and the public in the forefront as this situation continues to evolve. Further information will be released when warranted.

3-17-2020 - Announcement from Rehoboth Antiquarian Society-Closure of Blanding Library & Carpenter Museum

 In order to protect the health and safety of our community and reduce transmission of COVID-19, RAS will be temporarily closing the Blanding Public Library and the Carpenter Museum. Events and programs are also postponed. Please see "News and Announcements" for full details.  For more updated information, please visit the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society website @ http://www.rehobothantiquarian.org/

3-16-2020  - Closure of Municipal Buildings to Public

We want to provide an update and advise you on the recent decisions made this morning by the Rehoboth COVID-19 Task Force in response to Governor’s Order and guidance from Public Health Officials.

  • As of this writing, there is no known positive COVID-19 case in Rehoboth. 
  • After consideration of many factors we have decided to close all Rehoboth municipal buildings, with the exception of the Public Safety Building on Anawan Street, to the public. We do this in an attempt to provide a balance in which the Town can continue to provide essential services to the public, while trying to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus. We are asking the public use our on-line resources for on-line payment and contact us via email and telephone with any questions that you may have for us. All Town employees will be reporting to work during regular work hours and will be available to assist you with your needs and questions.
  • Residents are encouraged to use the on-line services and the drop box outside of Town Hall for bill payment or to deposit other items requiring attention.
  • We are working with Public Health Officials to develop a protocol for any in-person appointment which must occur. Additional information will be made available once the protocol is finalized.

Please click here for a directory with departmental contact information 

3-15-2020 - COA Operations Update

In accordance with the guidance received from Public Health Officials, the Rehoboth Senior Center is suspending all optional group gatherings. This includes the various group activities offered at the Center, as well as, Gert’s Café, Tuesday Lunch, Wednesday Breakfast, and Men’s Coffee, and the Senior Citizens Club Meetings.

The Board of Selectmen has directed the Senior Center to remain fully staffed and available during regularly scheduled hours to assist with health insurance, fuel assistance, and any other concerns or questions our Seniors may have during this time. The tax preparation program offered in conjunction with the AARP is discontinued at this time.

The Meals on Wheels Program will continue each day unless cancelled by Bristol Elder Services, Inc. (BESI). Seniors will be notified directly by BESI if this changes.

We urge our Senior population to reach out to Linna, Brad, and Kim with questions, needs, or concerns ~ these dedicated people will be able to help. Or, maybe you just need a friendly person to talk with during this uncertain period. Sometimes a brief conversation helps to put things into perspective.

The Selectmen’s Office is in contact with local, state, and federal public health and public safety agencies on a daily basis and will be monitoring and adjusting the Town’s response to the COVID-19 situation as appropriate. Please check back here for additional updates.

The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen

3-15-2020 - Establishment of Rehoboth COVID-19 Task Force

In response to the rapidly evolving Coronavirus situation, the Rehoboth Board of Selectmen  has established a COVID-19 Task Force. The goal of the Task Force is to provide a balance in which the Town can continue to provide essential services to the public, while trying to prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus.


3-12-2020 - Malicious Website Warning 

The following was received as an alert message from the Massachusetts Health and Homeland Alert Network:
Please note:  It has come to the Department of Public Health attention that a malicious website pretending to be a live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet waiting for unwitting internet users to visit the website. Visiting the website infects the computer with an information stealing program which can ex-filtrate a variety of sensitive data. Furthermore, anyone searching the internet for a Coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website.

Safe websites to visit which contain reliable information are:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19


Regional School Districts
For COVID19 information regarding the school district, please visit the following pages for additional information.

Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District Covid19 Information

Bristol Plymouth Regional School District

Bristol Aggie High School


State and Federal Resources

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Mass.gov Coronavirus Updates

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