COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
The Town's most current COVID-19 update is available at the top of the page, for previous updates scroll down.
December 22, 2020
Governor Baker Announces New COVID-19 Restrictions on
Capacity and Gathering Limits
Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced further restrictions to help stop the spread in the Commonwealth, including new capacity and gathering limits. The measures will go into effect on Saturday, Dec. 26, and will remain in effect until noon on Jan. 10, 2021, unless further extended by the Governor.
Gatherings will be limited to 10 persons indoors and 25 outdoors (at both private homes and event venues and public spaces).
Businesses, including restaurants, offices and retailers, must limit occupancy to 25% of capacity. The new restrictions will not apply to K-12 schools, manufacturing, construction or laboratories, which will continue to follow the existing guidance that has been issued.
The revised limits supersede existing limits in the sector-specific protocols for Phase 3, Step 1, of the state’s four-phase reopening plan. All other terms of COVID-19 gatherings order (including exceptions) and all sector-specific workplace safety rules remain in effect.
At his press briefing, Gov. Baker said that tomorrow he would be announcing a new package of assistance for those small businesses across the state that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
Businesses and industries in Massachusetts subject to a 25% capacity limit include the following:
• Restaurants (based on permitted seating capacity)
• Office spaces
• Retail businesses
• Places of worship
• Close-contact personal services
• Fitness centers and health clubs
• Theatres and performance venues
• Driving and flight schools
• Golf facilities (for indoor spaces)
• Lodging (for common areas)
• Arcades and indoor recreation businesses
• Museums, cultural facilities and guided tours
Workers and staff will not count toward the occupancy count for restaurants, places of worship, close-contact personal services and retail businesses.
In order to preserve health care personnel resources, the Department of Public Health released updated guidance to hospitals around nonessential, elective invasive procedures. Effective on Dec. 26, all hospitals are directed to postpone or cancel all nonessential inpatient elective invasive procedures in order to maintain and increase inpatient capacity.
• Link to COVID-19 Executive Order #59, temporarily applying further capacity restrictions to statewide covid-19 safety rules
- Need a Cloth Face Covering?
- Longmeadow Food Pantry
- Message from Wastewater Department
- Message from Water Department
The Town has cloth face coverings available for residents. If you are in need of one or more please fill out this form.
The Longmeadow Food Pantry, located at the Adult Center, 231 Maple Road, Longmeadow, is open by appointment to all families in our community, regardless of age. If you would like to make an appointment please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in helping the Food Pantry, please consider making a monetary donation either online or using this form below:
If you would like to volunteer, please email email@example.com with the following completed forms:
IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION FROM THE LONGMEADOW WASTEWATER DEPARTMENT
While our public agencies encourage residents to follow the Center for Disease Control recommendations to clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is important to discard those items in the trash, not the toilet.
Flushing wipes, paper towels and similar products down toilets will clog sewers and cause major backups and overflows in our distribution system and residents homes, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Even wipes labeled “flushable” will clog pipes and interfere with the sewage collection system throughout the Town.
Wastewater treatment facilities and pumping stations around the state already are reporting issues with their sewer management collection systems. We are asking residents to not discard wipes in the toilet, but instead to throw them in the trash to avoid backups and overflows. Longmeadow’s sewage collection system depends on gravity and enough water flow to move along human waste and biodegradable toilet paper. The system was not designed for these types of disinfectant wipes and paper towels.
The wipes and paper towels do not break down like toilet paper, and therefore clog systems quickly.
Wipes are among the leading causes of sewer system backups, impacting sewer and treatment plant pumps and treatment systems. Many spills go into our rivers and oceans where they have broad ranging impacts on public-health and the environment. Preventing sewer spills is important, especially during this COVID-19 emergency, for the protection of public health and the environment.
Please do not flush disinfectant wipes or paper towels down the toilet
Peter W. Thurber
Assistant DPW Director
IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM LONGMEADOW WATER DEPARTMENT
Changes and Reduction in Services During COVID-19 Pandemic
Longmeadow’s top priority is the continuous and reliable delivery of drinking water service, which is critical to daily life and public health. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Longmeadow Water Department is implementing several precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of essential staff that operate and maintain the public drinking water system. All operations related to drinking water treatment will continue and customers can be assured that their drinking water is safe and can be consumed and used as normal. According to a technical brief issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 3, 2020, COVID-19 has not been shown to be transmitted via drinking water. The drinking water system will remain safe and operational amid any local outbreak.
These actions are intended to mitigate potential exposure to our employees and customers and maintain continuity of daily operations.
In-Person and Non-Essential Services Suspended
Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, the following non-essential services will be suspended until further notice:
- In-home or on-site routine inspections
- Water meter profiles
- Pressure checks
- Water Quality complaints
(Final water meter reads for real estate transactions will still continue as normal)
The Longmeadow Water Department’s priority is to maintain the continuous and reliable operation of the drinking water distribution system for the general population. DPW crews will continue to respond to any water emergencies (water main breaks, etc.) that arise in the system as normal.
Water emergencies on private properties will be addressed by the Water Department on a case-by-case basis as far as crews are able to address from the outside or by referring the customers to private contractors. DPW crews will not enter privately owned homes, buildings or facilities to make repairs until further notice, unless in an emergency situation. Crews will not enter if any members of the household are currently symptomatic and/or self-quarantined.
Customer service representatives for billing/account inquiries and field services will continue to be available by telephone and email to assist customers.
- For billing/account questions, customers can contact us by telephone at 413-567-3400 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For water emergencies customers and contractors can call 413-567-3400 from 7:30am-3:00pm or Longmeadow Police Department at 413-567-3311. Water emergencies will be prioritized
The Longmeadow Water Department will continue to update customers on any further changes in services due to COVID-19.
Peter W. Thurber
Assistant DPW Director
- Mass.gov COVID-19 Coronavirus
- CDC Case Information
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Previous Town of Longmeadow COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates
Town of Longmeadow Update COVID-19 Coronavirus - December 8, 2020
The Baker-Polito administration today announced new measures to disrupt the trend of increasing new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Massachusetts. A copy of the press release regarding this announcement can be found here.
Town of Longmeadow Update COVID-19 Coronavirus - November 19, 2020
On Saturday, November 21 from 12pm – 2pm the Town will be holding a drive thru mask giveaway at the Longmeadow High School parking lot. Masks are available for all household members and residents can receive masks for individuals not able to attend. Please follow the signs and stay in your vehicle. The Thanksgiving holiday is approaching and while we are accustomed to gathering with friends and extended family to celebrate, this year it is extremely important to limit gatherings to just those in your primary household. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has put together guidance to keep us all safe during the holidays. If you host a holiday celebration, keep it small. If you are considering travel, be aware of Massachusetts travel orders. If you participate in a celebration, follow public health guidance. All gatherings – no matter the size or location – must end and people must disperse by 9:30.
Town of Longmeadow Update COVID-19 Coronavirus - November 4, 2020
Governor’s Updated Orders and COVID-19 Cases
Today we have 10 active cases and our current status on the MassDPH map is “Yellow”. With the recent increase in cases over the past 14 days we will likely move to “Red” when the updated map is released tomorrow. While this is not cause for alarm, it is a reminder to increase your awareness, remain vigilant by wearing face coverings, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. COVID-19 is still in our community. Stay safe and take care of each other. On Monday, November 2, 2020, Governor Baker released new advisories aimed at keeping people safe and containing the virus. The “Stay at Home Advisory” and “Further Revised Gatherings Order #54” begin on Friday, November 6, 2020, and all residents of Massachusetts are advised to stay home between the hours of 10pm and 5am.
Town of Longmeadow Update COVID-19 Coronavirus - October 22, 2020
Board of Health recently met and discussed Halloween events and trick-or-treating and weighed whether activities like door-to-door trick-or-treating that can attract large groups of people should take place at this time. After review and discussion the Board of Health voted to prohibit door-to-door trick-or-treating. As unfortunate as it is to eliminate this fun annual tradition, protecting the health and safety of residents and doing what we can to prevent the spread of the virus is the top priority.
Town of Longmeadow Update COVID-19 Coronavirus - August 12, 2020
Reminder on Masking and Social Distancing, New State Data Tool on Community Cases, Follow State Orders on Travel, Council on Aging to Remain Closed until New Building is Completed, Greenwood Daycare to Remain Closed
- Town Meeting to be Held June 23, 2020 at 6PM - June 22, 2020
The Annual Town Meeting logistics team met this morning and reviewed weather information and updated COVID-19 case numbers. There has been no marked change in COVID-19 positive community cases. Currently, there are 2 positive cases in the community and that number has been relatively consistent for 3 weeks. Weather information and radar has been continuously monitored since last Thursday. The weather pattern is stable for the next two days with a 30% chance of rain on Tuesday. The team has decided to proceed as planned with tomorrow’s Annual Town Meeting.
- Town of Longmeadow Update COVID-19 Coronavirus - June 12, 2020
- Town of Longmeadow Update COVID-19 Coronavirus - May 21, 2020
Tennis Courts Reopening, Face Masks Available to Residents, Recycling Center Opens Saturday for Bulky/Household Items
- Town of Longmeadow Update COVID-19 Coronavirus - May 15, 2020
Face Masks Available to Residents, Recycling Center Opens Saturday, May 23 for Bulky/Household Items, Town Election Information and Annual Town Meeting
- Town of Longmeadow Update COVID-19 Coronavirus - May 6, 2020
- Town of Longmeadow Update COVID-19 Coronavirus - April 30, 2020
The Recycling Center on Pondside Road will open for yard waste only, West Road leaf dump will close beginning Saturday, May 2. Spring sports have been cancelled, including all sponsored sport leagues. Fiscal constraints necessitating furloughs in 5 town departments.
- Town of Longmeadow Update COVID-19 Coronavirus - April 24, 2020
Extension of due dates for property taxes, betterments and Community Preservation surcharges, exemption and deferral applications, and motor vehicle excise, water, sewer and stormwater utility bills.
- Town of Longmeadow Update COVID-19 Coronavirus - April 10, 2020
Additional guidance on grocery stores, Town no longer releasing case count data, keep up the social distancing.
- Town of Longmeadow Update COVID-19 Coronavirus - April 3, 2020
Town releases COVID-19 coronavirus positive case numbers, will provide daily update by 5pm each day.
- Town of Longmeadow Update COVID-19 Coronavirus - March 31, 2020
- Longmeadow Announces Additional Social Distancing Measures to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus - March 26, 2020
Tennis courts, basketball courts and play structures will be closed Friday, March 27, 2020. Signage on social distancing will be placed at parks and athletic fields.
- First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Coronavirus Confirmed in Longmeadow - March 25, 2020
The Town of Longmeadow confirmed today that there is one positive case of COVID-19 in the community.
- Update on COVID-19 Coronavirus in Longmeadow - March 19, 2020
The Select Board declared a state of emergency and a listing of town actions.
- Select Board Declares a State of Emergency in Longmeadow - March 16, 2020
The Select Board voted to declare a state of emergency in Longmeadow. The declaration was done to assure that Town has all available resources at its disposal to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Please register for Code Red Emergency Notifications and the app.
- Public Service Announcement from Town Manager Lyn N. Simmons, Emergency Management Director John Dearborn and Superintendent of Schools Marty O’Shea - March 13, 2020
- Governor Baker suspend certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law related to remote participation - March 12, 2020
- Updates regarding Governor Baker’s State of Emergency, changes to group gatherings and Board and Committee meetings - March 11, 2020
Group gatherings limited to 50 people or less, non-essential board and committee meetings postponed, Storrs Library closed, Council on Aging programming canceled.
- Governor Baker Declares State of Emergency - March 10, 2020