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COVID-19 Updates & Precautions December 17, 2020 update

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Previous updates and additional information and resources can be found here:
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Hopkinton Town Hall reopened to the public as of Monday August 10th. Appointments are required, and details are provided in the updates section below. All town departments are open for business. Many transactions can be completed online, and we are available via phone and email to assist during regular business hours. A full Town Directory can be found here. A box at the front door of Town Hall may be used to drop off correspondence, applications, etc., and they may also be mailed or emailed.

As of 12/16/20, Hopkinton’s Health Department is reporting 329 total confirmed COVID-19 cases; 30 of those cases are active, with 284 recoveries and 15 deaths. You can see historical tracking and updates on You can see historical tracking and updates on Hopkinton’s Community Impact Dashboard: Hopkinton’s 16 active cases represent the highest level our community has seen since May. Unfortunately, this is a similar trend across Massachusetts, the Northeast, and in general across the United States. Please remember to practice social distancing, wear a face covering, wash your hands often, and be safe.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 weekly Public Health Report - NEW UPDATE
The Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report includes enhanced, more granular information to be updated on a weekly, or biweekly basis, including town-by-town case and testing information, cases and deaths in Long Term Care Facilities, updates on nursing facility audit results, and more.

Holidays - NEW UPDATE
Hopkinton Town Hall and Municipal Buildings will be closed on Fridays, December 25 and January 1.

Library Hours 12/24 and 12/31 - NEW UPDATE
On Thursdays, December 24 and 31, the library will be open for quick browsing from 10-12:30. Afternoon browsing hours will not be available on those days. The library will be closed on Fridays, December 25 and January 1.

Covid-19 Vaccine in Massachusetts - includes new links
Massachusetts is preparing for the safe, equitable, and effective delivery of an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. Click following link to learn about the approach and when you can expect to get vaccinated.

Vaccine plan:
Vaccine FAQs:

Statewide Rollback to Phase 3, Step 1, Additional Restrictions Effective 12/13/2020:
Effective December 13, all communities will roll back to Phase 3, Step 1 of Massachusetts’ re-opening plan,
including the following restrictions:
● Outdoor gatherings at event venues will be limited to no more than 50 people
● Hosts of outdoor gatherings of greater than 25 people will be required to provide advance notice of the
gathering their local board of health
● Indoor theaters and performance venues and higher contact indoor recreation businesses will be
required to close to the public
● Outdoor theaters and performance venues will be limited to 25% capacity, and no more than 50

You can read the full Press Release from by clicking below link

Click following link to read the full order rolling Massachusetts back to Phase III, Step 1:

New Testing Infrastructure to Increase Testing Capacity & Efficiency Statewide:
Visit for more information and to find a testing site near you. To learn more about the
recently expanded testing sites and capabilities in Massachusetts, click below link.

State Aligns Quarantine Recommendations with the CDC:
The Department of Public Health (DPH) has revised State quarantine recommendations for anyone identified
as a COVID-19 “close contact” to align with those issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The new
recommendations give options for 7-day, 10-day, and 14-day quarantine periods and went into effect on
Monday, December 7. Specific criteria must be met in order to shorten quarantine and if you are a close
contact you may be advised by the Hopkinton Health Department which quarantine period applies to your

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Complete list of Emergency Orders and Guidance from