The City of Gloucester continues to advance measures to limit person to person contact to help slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Everyone should continue to follow the guidelines and recommendations from the City, the CDC and the DPH.
The following are timely updates, announcements, and reminders from the City.
News Updates & Information
- FREE COVID-19 COMMUNITY TESTING: Gloucester’s COVID-19 case count has risen over the past week. The uptick in cases is associated with gatherings/social events. The City of Gloucester along with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will offer FREE COVID-19 testing, open to all residents, at Stage Fort Park from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. on Thursday October 15th and Friday October 16th. Translators for multiple languages will be onsite. Cars will enter from the Boulevard side adjacent to the tennis courts, and exit by the Cupboard Restaurant and onto Western Avenue. Hough Avenue will temporarily be one way for the duration of the 2 testing clinics. Please plan accordingly as wait times could be significant.
- BRIER NECK WATER MAIN REPLACEMENTAND LINING PROJECT: Water main construction continues in the neighborhood of Thatcher Road, Rockport Road, Witham Street, Salt Island Road, Barberry Way, Brier Neck Road, Cliff Road, Prospect Terrace, Arland Terrace, Warwick Road, and Palfrey Road, to improve the service and reliability of the municipal distribution system.
- ROAD CONSTRUCTION ALERT: Beginning today, Wednesday, October 14, 2020, the City's contractor will begin prepping the following areas for paving: Parker Street, Harbor Loop, Bass Ave to Hartz Street, lower Eastern Ave, and Main Street from Rose's to East Main Street. There will be no parking between the hours of 6:30AM and 5:30pm so that the contractor can complete the work in a timely manner. This weather-dependent project is expected to last through Friday, October 23, 2020.
- IMPORTANT NOVEMBER 3 ELECTION DATES AND REMINDERS: For important November 3 election related information including election related deadlines, in-person early voting dates/times, and polling locations please click here.
- VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETINGS: The City of Gloucester is utilizing the Zoom platform for remote participation of public meetings. Virtual Public Meeting Forums are open to the public. For a list of all upcoming scheduled meetings, including meeting agendas, click here. For Zoom links to access these remote meetings click here.
- WATER RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE: Water conservation measures are currently in place and will remain in effect until further notice. In accordance with Section 23-60 of the Gloucester Code of Ordinances, the Director of Public Works has instituted the following water conservation measures to help ensure an adequate supply of water to all customers:
- Outdoor watering and lawn irrigation is permissible from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily;
- Outdoor watering is limited to “handheld” with a hose or a watering can after 5 p.m. or before 9 a.m;
- Filling/replenishing of swimming pools from the City water supply is prohibited; and
- Washing of vehicles, boats, driveways and sidewalks is prohibited.
- FALL CURBSIDE YARD WASTE COLLECTION OCT 26-30: The first fall curbside collection of yard waste (leaves and clippings) will be Oct.26-30. Additional collections are scheduled for the following weeks: Nov. 9-13, Nov. 23-27, and Dec. 7-11. Place leaves and grass clippings in paper leaf bags or loose in marked barrels. Please NO plastic bags. Leaf bags and barrels should be on the curb by 7 a.m. Yard waste is collected first and after the trucks are dumped regular trash and recycling routes will begin.
- COVID-19 RISK DESIGNATION BY COMMUNITY: The Baker-Polito Administration released data on the average daily cases per 100,000 residents, average percent positivity, and total case counts, for all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns over the last two weeks. Based on the average daily cases per 100,000 residents, each city or town has been designated as a higher risk, moderate risk, or lower risk community. Going forward, this information will be updated and included in the Department of Public Health’s weekly public health dashboard, which is published each Wednesday. As of today, Wednesday, October 14, Gloucester is in the yellow (moderate risk community). However, with the recent increase in positive cases, that designation is likely to change when the new data is released by the state next Wednesday, Oct. 21.
- GATHERINGS ORDER UPDATED: The limit for indoor gatherings remains at a maximum of 25 people for all communities. Outdoor gatherings at private residences and in private backyards will remain at a maximum of 50 people for all communities. Outdoor gatherings at event venues and in public settings will have a limit of 50 people in Step I communities, and a limit of 100 people in lower risk, Step II communities. To read the updated gatherings order, click here.
- COVID-19 COMPLIANCE: An online portal is available where residents can report any businesses or workplaces that are violating the state's reopening guidelines. Anyone wishing to submit a report of non-compliance can go to mass.gov/compliance or call the state's 211 COVID-19 hotline. Non-compliance can also be reported to the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) through their hotline (508) 616-0461 x 9488, by completing this online form, or by sending an email to email@example.com.
- MA TRAVEL ORDER IN EFFECT: All visitors and returning residents are required to fill out a “Massachusetts Traveler Form” unless they are coming from a state that has been designated a lower risk COVID-19 state or fall into an exemption category. The new travel order also provides that visitors and returning residents arriving in Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower-risk state must quarantine for 14-days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered on a sample taken not more than 72-hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts. For more details please visit mass.gov/matraveler..
- LOWER RISK STATES: Travelers from COVID-19 lower-risk States are not required to fill out the Massachusetts Travel Form and do not need to quarantine. States are included on the list based on meeting two criteria: average daily cases per 100K below 6 AND positive test rate below 5%, both measured as a 7-day rolling average. The current list of COVID-19 lower-risk states, which was recently amended, includes:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New York
- REOPENING MASSACHUSETTS: Reopening Massachusetts, the four-phase plan announced by Governor Baker is underway. For those detailed plans, business guidance and additional information about reopening visit www.mass.gov.
- COMMUNICATIONS RESOURCES: In case you missed it please view these important articles and informative videos.
Status of Cases
As of today, October 14 the status of COVID-19 cases in the City of Gloucester were as follows:
- 391 overall cases (343 confirmed and 48 probable);
- 321 recovered;
- 26 COVID-19 related deaths; and
- 44 active cases.
For a list of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts, which is updated every evening, click here.
Health Guidance and Recommendations
According to the CDC, symptoms of the virus appear within 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19: Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing or at least two of these symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
If you display symptoms or suspect that you may have come into contact with a person who may be infected, please contact your primary care provider immediately.
Stop the Spread of COVID-19
Please wear a mask or face covering when out in public, maintain a safe physical distance of 6 feet from others, wash and sanitize your hands and frequently touched surfaces often, and stay home if you’re sick.
Important Local, State & Federal Information and Updates
Please visit the City of Gloucester’s COVID-19 information page here.