Mashpee Town Manager Rodney C. Collins provided an update on the town’s response to the COVID-19 health crisis at the selectmen’s meeting on Monday, April 6.
“In the wake of everything that has been happening at the local level and state level and national level, my presumption would be to not reopen town hall until May 4 or potentially later,” Mr. Collins said.
Many departments continue to operate remotely; permitting and payments can be done over the web or phone.
The board of health continues to perform routine inspections of restaurants that remain open for take-out only, and a bylaw restricting signage has been relaxed to allow restaurants to advertise take-out services, he said.
A delivery of personal protective equipment has left the Mashpee police and fire departments with an “adequate” supply of N95 masks, Mr. Collins said.
The council on aging and the human services department have been working to make sure that “all of our citizens' needs are being satisfied,” he said.
Town parks, including sports courts and playgrounds, are closed, but town beaches and conservation lands remain open, the town manager said.
When recreating on beaches and hiking areas, “People are strongly advised to practice social distancing and follow other recommended precautions from the Centers of Disease Control,” Mr. Collins said.
Grocery stores have been required to provide at least one hour per day in the early morning for customers 60 and older. Both Roche Bros. and Stop & Shop have such hours, he said.
At the recommendation of the town manager and finance team, the board of selectmen in unanimous votes extended the due date for quarterly real estate tax bills and the due date for exemption and deferral applications to June 1.
Mr. Collins said the changes in deadlines will “give people a little bit more room and time to pay their property taxes.”
He also said that Mashpee’s 150th anniversary celebration has been postponed due to the health crisis. A new date has yet to be set.