Covid-19 Virus

On March 10, Governor Charlie Baker announced unprecedented measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. The Town of Clinton has also taken steps to ensure the safety and well-being of all Clinton residents.

As federal and state health officials continue to monitor the spread of the disease, the Board of Health will notify the public of any confirmed or presumptive cases of the virus in Clinton via its webpage HERE.

In order to protect the health and safety of town employees and the public due to the threat of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, all municipal buildings in the Town of Clinton will limit public access beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, until further notice. 

Per order of the Board of Health, the following facilities will be closed to the general public: 

  • All town buildings

  • Ballfields for organized activities

  • Playgrounds 

In addition, all religious organizations are reminded that they must limit attending crowds for any services to no more than 25 people at one time.

This order is issued pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 111, Section 30 and shall be enforced, if necessary, with the assistance of state or municipal police. This order shall remain in effect through April 5, 2020, unless further amended.

Clinton is, always has been and always will be an amazing, close knit community. Our community will never change, virus or otherwise. Please continue to be kind to one another and remember we’re all in this together and we will get through this together.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Boards and committees are encouraged to postpone all non-essential meetings until a later date. 

A plan for remote public access to municipal meetings is in development. Details will be released as soon as available.

ACCESS TO TOWN SERVICES

Town offices are still open and employees are working to continue municipal operations. Access to most departments is available online at clintonma.gov. In addition, drop boxes are available outside of Town Hall for such things as tax and bill payments.

For specific questions about town services, please email or call the applicable contact person as listed below:  

Town Department Contact List (JPG)

POLICE (978-365-4111)

In a continued effort to keep our residents, guests and first responders safe, we are asking people to use increased discretion when seeking police services.

Until further notice, we are asking citizens to limit coming into the lobby of the Police Department unless it is an EMERGENCY. If you have a situation that can be resolved over the phone by speaking with a police officer or public safety dispatcher, please call our business line at 978-365-4111. We can assist you 24 hours a day, speak with you and resolve most non-emergency matters over the telephone.

We are encouraging citizens to call the Police Department to provide reports over the phone for any issue or incident that we feel would not require a visit to your home. Our officers and public safety dispatchers will always be available to help and can provide information and guidance over the phone for most non-emergency matters. Some examples could be:

  1. Neighbor disputes/civil matters

  2. Calls for legal, general advice, directions

  3. Credit card/identity theft

  4. Minor vandalism

  5. Animal matters that are not a threat to public safety.

We would like to thank everyone for their cooperation and understanding. These precautions are in effect to limit close personal contact and the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The public can rest assured that the Clinton Police Department will still be out on patrol, always available to respond to your emergencies and always ready to serve the public. At the same time, we want to ensure that our first responders are safe and healthy to have the ability to do that and be there for our community.

Protecting and serving our residents and visitors, as well as our first responders, is our primary mission at the Clinton Police Department. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow national, state and local guidance, making proactive efforts to do our part to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. With your assistance and understanding we can all work together toward that goal.

FIRE/EMS (978-365-4111)

PLEASE ONLY CALL AN AMBULANCE IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SITUATION. 

During the Massachusetts State of Emergency, all Fire Department-related inspections are on hold. 

DPW (978-365-4110)

Trash and recycling pickup will continue as scheduled. 

CLINTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Clinton Public Schools is regularly updating its website with the most up-to-date information on a variety of topics, including continuity of learning and meals services.

SENIOR CENTER (978-733-4747)

Although the Clinton Senior Center is closed, its staff remains available to assist all Clinton seniors.

We are still providing transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, pharmacy, etc.  All non-essential transportation has been postponed at this time.  Please call David, Transportation Dispatcher at extension 309 to schedule a ride.

We are also continuing to provide Meals on Wheels.  If you would like to sign up to receive Meals on Wheels, please contact Meal Site Manager Stephanie Cerutti at extension 305. Meals on Wheels are provided by the Montachusett Opportunity Council. There is NO COST to receive these meals although a $3 suggested donation is welcomed, if able.

Are you lonely and would like a Friendly Phone Call? Please contact Asst. Director/Volunteer Coordinator Sherri Brown at extension 304. Please also contact Sherri if you would like to sign up to volunteer to deliver Meals on Wheels or help in any other way.

Do you know any high-risk seniors?  Maybe a neighbor, family member or friend who could use a Wellness Check phone call?  Please contact our Outreach Program Resource Coordinator Mark F. Laverdure at extension 303. Mark is also available if you have any other questions, or concerns, regarding home care, supplies, etc.  

Clinton Shaw’s is offering senior-only shopping on Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 8 a.m.

Senior residents, particularly individuals with weakened respiratory and immune systems, may be at higher risk of serious illness upon contracting COVID-19. As a unified community, we can keep our most vulnerable residents safe and healthy, both physically and mentally, by adopting specific precautionary measures. We are doing what we can to ensure that our seniors remain healthy, strong and safe.

PARKS AND RECREATION (978-365-4140)

Parks remain open, but social distancing is required. 

Ballparks are closed to group activities. 

All playgrounds are closed and unsafe. Please stay away from all playgrounds, and keep your children away from them.

The Parks and Recreation office building is closed to the public for all walk-in services. We are here to help you over the phone or via email. Please email Rosa Kairit at rkairit@clintonma.gov or call 978-365-4140 for more information.

STATE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES

Please consider your information sources during this unsettled time. .  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Massachusetts Department of Public Health both have regularly updated websites with resources, FAQ and other information during this state of emergency. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

DO YOUR PART

The goal of these restrictions is to keep people apart in order to help prevent overwhelming hospitals with large numbers of very sick patients. Please do your part to:

  • Avoid close contact with others as much as possible

  • Wash your hands often and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. These simple actions are among the most effective to avoid illness.

  • If you have a cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your doctor’s office. Do not go to the emergency room.

  • If you have severe symptoms, call 911 for an ambulance.