WINTHROP — Town Manager Austin Faison and Director of Public Health & Clinical Services Meredith Hurley would like to inform residents that due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health concerns, Winthrop municipal buildings will be closed to the public to promote social distancing.
There are currently no confirmed on presumptive COVID-19 cases in Winthrop.
“The health and safety of our community is our highest priority,” Town Manager Faison said. “With technology and other adjustments, we can still provide our residents with essential services.”
The Town of Winthrop will be activating its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 8 a.m. Monday, March 16, streamlining the COVID-19 response effort and ensuring the continued delivery of services to residents. Once open, the EOC will remain operational until further notice. The Town’s Emergency Operations Center can be reached at 617-539-5848 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or by emailing [email protected].
This evening, Gov. Charlie Baker announced new guidelines for all Massachusetts residents to promote social distancing and help to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- No gatherings of any kind of more than 25 people at one time, in one place
- All public and private schools in Massachusetts will close on Tuesday, March 17 until at least April 7.
- All bars and restaurants will only be able to serve takeout customers.
“We are asking all residents, business owners and community members to abide by these new guidelines that the governor has put forth,” Town Manager Faison said. “Everyone has a part to play in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and following these new guidelines will help in that effort.”
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Residents can conduct many transactions online. Visit our Town website at
- Pay Current and Delinquent Motor Vehicle Excise Tax
- Pay Parking Tickets
- Pay Personal Property Tax
- Pay Real Estate Tax
- Pay Water / Sewer Bills
- Order Resident Parking Stickers
- Request a birth certificate, death certificate or marriage license
- License your dog
Residents can report public works safety issues online at www.town.winthrop.ma.us/department-public-works/pages/dpw-report-request
Trash collection will continue its normal schedule.
The Council on Aging will be making arrangements to deliver lunches to its members. Meals on Wheels deliveries will continue its normal distribution schedule.
The Superintendent of Winthrop Public Schools, in cooperation with its Food Services staff, will be preparing Grab and Go Meals to be picked up starting Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27.
These meals will be prepared by our food service staff and available for any WPS student in need. Pick up location will be at the rear parking lot next to baseball field and at the loading dock area of Winthrop High School.
Pick up hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no cost for any student. Food service staff will be available and on-site during distribution time to support the nutritional needs of our families.
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As always, if anyone displays symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, they should not go to work or school and are advised to contact their primary care physician.
For residents that may be self-quarantined and require outside assistance or meal delivery, please email the EOC at [email protected].
The Town is also advising residents to practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet between people to prevent the spread of infection which includes handshaking and hugging. Residents are also encouraged to avoid group activities and events.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including under your fingernails. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol content) can be used when soap and water are not available.
- Keep your hands away from your face.
- Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing with a tissue and discard it immediately. Cough into the sleeve over your elbow instead of your hand. Wash your hands often when coughing and sneezing.
- Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.