Municipal buildings in the Town of Amherst, including the Town Hall, Bangs Center which houses the Senior Center, and the Jones Library and branches will continue to be closed to the public, with the earliest possible reopening date of May 18th.
This announcement is in alignment with the announcement made by Governor Baker earlier in the day to extend the State’s essential services emergency order. The order requires that all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers, and the public.
Town Manager Paul Bockelman initially closed municipal buildings after declaring a State of Emergency on March 16th.
Play structures, golf courses, basketball, and other courts, and bathrooms will also remain closed until at least May 18th:
- No organized sporting programs authorized to use Town or School fields or courts.
- No group use of fields, courts, or other public spaces is permitted and individuals in public places must abide by proper social distancing and physical spacing.
- All Town and School play structures remain closed.
- All comfort stations remain closed.
- Due to reduced staffing levels, visitors are asked to pack out trash.
- Cherry Hill Golf Course is closed for golfing.
- Beaches at Puffers Pond are closed. Individuals or groups are prohibited from settling or congregating on the North and South Beaches of Puffers Pond. Transitory pedestrian use (walking, jogging, biking, solitary fishing, etc.) will be permitted as long as recommended social distancing is observed. Police will patrol this area for compliance. Parking is limited.
While the Town’s trails and State rail-trail remain open and have seen increased usage, the Town recommends that you:
- Stay within solitary or very small groups and avoid gatherings of ten or more people.
- Practice physical distancing of at least six feet between individuals.
- Practice healthy personal hygiene, such as handwashing for at least 20 seconds.
- Stay home if ill, over 70, and/or part of a vulnerable population.
All parking enforcement of metered parking will continue to be suspended with the exception of violations of handicapped parking spaces, tow zones, and overnight restrictions during a snow emergency.
To ensure Town government can continue to provide key services while protecting the health and safety of the public and the Town’s workforce, designated Town employees performing non-core functions who are able to work remotely will continue to do so until May 18th.
Governor Charlie Baker also announced that the Department of Public Health’s stay-at-home advisory will remain in effect. Residents are strongly urged to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary person to person contact during this time period. Residents who are considered at high risk when exposed to COVID-19 should limit social interactions with other people as much as possible.
Members of the public are encouraged to conduct business online by visiting the Town’s website to submit a service request or to make payments online. You may contact the various staff and departments by phone or by email by visiting the staff directory here. Any payments, forms and documents that need to be submitted to the Town, and cannot be transmitted electronically, can be deposited in the Treasurer/Collector’s dropbox on the Main Street side of Amherst Town Hal or mailed to us at 4 Boltwood Avenue Amherst, MA 01002.
The Town Manager’s Office can be reached by phone at (413) 259-3002 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For Immediate Release: April 29, 2020 | Contact: Brianna Sunryd, email@example.com