EAST BRIDGEWATER — Town Administrator Brian S. Noble and Board of Health Chairman Peter P. Spagone, Jr. report that the Reopening East Bridgewater Working Group has begun their first phase of facility re-openings.
“The reopening plan will be conducted within phases and will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and Governor Charlie Baker’s orders,” said Town Administrator Noble. “Our top priorities are our residents, businesses reopening and getting people back to work smartly and safely. We will continue to work to ensure that all of these priorities can be met in a timely, yet safe manner.”
The following facilities will begin to become available to the public:
- Starting Wednesday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Recycle Center, located on Bridge Street, will be open to the public. A schedule and written guidelines will be posted at the Recycle Center and available on the DPW website shortly. Face masks will be required when visiting the recycling center.
- Effective Friday, May 8, the Community Garden Club will be able to access the Community Gardens located at Sachem Rock Community Center, 355 Plymouth St, under guidance and restrictions.
- Beginning Friday, May 8, all town-owned trails and walking paths will be open to the public. Residents are encouraged to get outside for fresh air, but it is vitally important for people to not congregate outside. Outdoor activities such as walking, running, biking and hiking, with members of the same household, are options for exercise and fresh air that minimize contact and maximize social distancing.
- All residents are also encouraged to continue to practice aggressive social distancing — maintaining a distance of approximately six feet from other people — and appropriate personal hygiene.
The Town is anticipating Governor Baker’s guidance for the reopening of some facilities on Monday, May 18. The Town will be able to allow for increased gatherings, the opening of restaurants and the return of retail establishments previously closed during the state of emergency declaration. Additionally, the Public Library will be open to the public with a limited number of patrons allowed in the building at a time.
Additionally, the Board of Health would like to thank all local essential retail businesses for posting notices to inform the public that they are encouraged to wear face masks when shopping.
Updates about the Working Group’s activities will be provided to the community as necessary.