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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Health Dept Bulletin 03/16/20

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In an effort to greatly reduce the impact of the Coronavirus and COVID-19 may have on our community, the City of Westfield is taking the following steps:

1. Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Westfield City Hall & all Municipal buildings will be closed to the public until further notice. City business can continue to be conducted via telephone, postal mail, email, or online. See individual department pages for contact information. A dropbox is located outside of City Hall, 59 Court St, by the handicapped entrance for bills or other correspondence.

2. Westfield Public Schools - Starting on Monday, March 16th all schools will be closed with a tentative return date of Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

3. The Westfield Senior Center will be closed to the public from Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice. Limited services, such as "Take-Out Lunches" will be available. For more information, please see the updates here.

4. Municipal meetings will be posted and limited to members only, no public attendance. All meetings will be held in Council Chambers and will be broadcasted on local channel 15 and live streamed at www.westfieldtv.org. Any changes to this policy will be addressed in future updates.

We believe these steps are in line with the Governor’s recent call to action to assist in the prevention efforts. Non-pharmaceutical interventions such as these, are actions a community can take to help slow the spread of illness or reduce the adverse impact of public health emergencies. It is our hope that pursuing these slight modifications will greatly reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community. We want to remind the public that even if you are not over 60, or do not have a compromised immune system, you could still be exposed. We ask that all of our residents follow these best practices to protect themselves.

1. If you are sick, stay home

2. Frequently wash your hands and avoid touching your face

3. If you need to cough or sneeze, use the inside of your elbow, not your hands, to cover your mouth

4. Practice good social distancing techniques. This means consider using an elbow bump instead of a handshake or hug, and while talking with someone keep a 6 ft distance between you and other people.

We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joe Rouse at the City of Westfield Health Department (413) 572-6210, or via email at j.rouse@cityofwestfield.org

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