Falmouth Town Meeting has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
Moderator David T. Vieira made the announcement following an order by Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. on Monday, March 23, that prohibited gatherings of 10 or more people.
"Although the prohibitions exempt municipal legislative bodies in order to preserve our cherished principle of separation of powers, turnout for Falmouth Town Meeting exceeds 10 individuals, and the exemption does not diminish the health risk to Town Meeting members and citizens in attending a meeting on April 13," Mr. Vieira said.
He declared Falmouth Town Meeting recessed and continued until the third Monday following the expiration of the gubernatorial-declared state of emergency.
Selectmen Chairwoman Megan E. English Braga said the timing of Mr. Vieira's announcement was crucial, as warrant booklets will be printed and mailed to Town Meeting members on Friday, March 27.
"Since the original date was right around the corner, we wanted to make sure, as we go to print this week on the Town Meeting booklets, that we have some information on the fact Town Meeting is going to be delayed," Ms. English Braga said.
Town Meeting was initially scheduled to begin on Monday, April 13, with precinct meetings scheduled to begin next week.
Selectman Douglas H. Jones asked what would happen to the town's operational budget if Town Meeting is delayed beyond July 1, the start of the new fiscal year. Town Manager Julian M. Suso said the Department of Revenue has guidelines in place for towns to follow.
"DOR is well into that issue, and there are appropriate remedies in place should the delay that Selectman Jones mentioned occurs," Mr. Suso said.
In addition to delaying Town Meeting, precinct meetings are cancelled.
"It goes without saying that all precinct meetings are cancelled," Ms. English Braga said. "No precinct meetings are happening during this time period."