GIVEN THE RAPIDLY CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES, WE WILL BE UPDATING THIS INFORMATION REGULARLY.
- Get up-to-date alerts sent directly to your phone by texting COVIDMA to 888-777
- Call 211 from any landline or cellphone
- Visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) website: https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
- Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV
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 a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
People with these symptoms or combination 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, head ache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.
If you display symptoms or suspect that you have come into contact with a person who may be infected, please contact your Primary Care Physician immediately.
The Gloucester Health Department and the Mayor’s Office encourage the following precautions to prevent infectious diseases from spreading:
- Wear a mask or face covering when entering an essential business or while out in public and unable to maintain a safe physical distance from others
- Practice social distancing (remain at least 6 feet of distance between others)
- Wash your hands frequently, with soap and water
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily
- If you are sick, stay home to protect others
- Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken’s Emergency Declaration
- Elder and Congregate Housing Order
- Eviction Moratorium
- Use of Masks and other Protective Measures while in Public
- Gloucester Board of Health Votes to Reopen Public Landings & Public Boat Ramps with Several Provisions/Protections
City Operations Information
Please visit City Operations Information for information on how the City will operate during COVID-19.
GLOUCESTER EMERGENCY ALERTS: If you want to receive Mayor Romeo Theken’s COVID-19 update calls - visit City of Gloucester’s Smart911 emergency notification system to sign up.
The City of Gloucester will be utilizing the Zoom platform for remote participation of public meetings. For additional information please visit: Remote Public Meetings.
- All Gloucester Public Schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. Remote learning efforts will continue through the duration of the school year.
- There is a "grab and go" bagged lunch and breakfast operation available for ALL students who are in need of a meal. Curbside pick-up is available 2:30 - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, at Veteran’s Memorial and Beeman Elementary Schools.
- During the school closure, children should not gather with others outside their family except if outside in very small numbers and maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet apart. Everyone should refrain from play dates, sleepovers, etc.
- Children should not be left with grandparents as this group is very susceptible to the virus.
Business Owner And Non-Profit Information
For Businesses affected by the closure please visit our Business Resources page.
Access to Food/Meals
The Open Door will be able to help bridge the grocery gap for families.
- The Gloucester Food Pantry is open Monday - Friday, 10 am to 5 pm for curbside pick up only; clients are asked not to enter the building. If you work during these hours, or are quarantined and unable to pick up groceries, please call (978) 283-6776 or email email@example.com.
- Community Meals is available by take-out only, with curbside pick-up between 3-5 pm, Monday - Friday, with extra food provided on Fridays for the weekend. For those unable to pick up at the pantry, please call (978) 283-6776 x 204 by 3 pm to arrange a deliver by a volunteer. Leave your name, phone number, address, and the number of meals requested. You must call each day that you need a meal.
SeniorCare is continuing to provide services in Gloucester.
- If you know of an elder that is home bound, has no one to cook for them and/or can not prepare a meal themselves, have them sign up for Meals On Wheels by calling SeniorCare at (978) 281-1750.
Other Community Information
- Effective Monday, May 4, 2020 CATA is modifying its weekday bus schedule to accommodate changes in customer travel patterns, provide more consistent service and sustain appropriate social distancing. Saturday service will run on a regular Saturday schedule, with exception of the Mall Bus. The modified weekly schedule is available by visiting Cape Ann Transportation Authority.
- Market Basket, Shaw’s and Stop & Shop have implemented "Senior Shopping Hours" for customers 60 and older. Please check with your preferred store for their hours as they may change.
- All playgrounds are closed until further notice. Please do not engage in sports or activities (i.e. baseball, softball, football, basketball, soccer, etc.) that require physical or shared contact.
- There is currently no on-premise consumption at any local restaurants. Take-out and delivery options are available throughout the City. For a list of participating establishments visit: Community-supporting-community-local-restaurants-offer-take-out-options.
- For a complete list of updates, emergency orders, and guidance associated with the COVID-19 State of Emergency please visit Mass.gov.
- If you or someone you know has lost their job due to COVID-19 sign up for a virtual town hall on unemployment benefits. For additional information or to register for an upcoming meeting please visit the Department of Unemployment Assistance.
Want to Help?
There are a number of ways to help out.
- For volunteer opportunities for health professionals: visit Mass.gov.
- To donate or sell personal protective equipment: visit Mass.gov.
- To schedule an appointment to donate blood: visit Red Cross.
- To donate to The Open Door’s Virtual Food Drive: visit The Open Door.
- To donate to the Cape Ann Emergency Relief Fund: visit Action, Inc.
Beware of Scams
- Protect yourself and beware of pandemic scammers. The FBI urges vigilance during COVID-19 and has many available resources to help keep yourself and your family safe from these threats. For more information visit: FBI.gov.
COVID-19 Related News & Announcements
- May 21, 2020 – City of Gloucester Shares Phase 1 Plan for Reopening Public Beaches
- May 18, 2020 - City of Gloucester Shares Information on Phase 1 of Gov. Baker’s Reopening Plan
- May 11, 2020 - City of Gloucester Lauches Reopening Task Force
- May 5, 2020 - Rave Alert Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken Provides a COVID-19 Update
- May 5, 2020 - City of Gloucester Announces Small Business Grant Program
- May 1, 2020 - Gloucester Health Department Shares Statewide Order Regarding Face Coverings
- April 30, 2020 - Gloucester Health Department Launches Resource to Support Access to Mental Health Care
- April 28, 2020 - City of Gloucester Revamps Online COVID-19 Resources
- April 27, 2020 - Gloucester Board Of Health Votes to Reopen Public Landings and Boat Ramps with Several Provisions/Protections
- April 24, 2020 - City of Gloucester Reminds Residents to Always Call 9-1-1 During an Emergeny
- April 24, 2020 - Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken’s COVID-19 Rave Alert
- April 17, 2020 - City Provides Update of COVID-19 Testing to At-Risk Populations
- April 16, 2020 - City Temporarily Restricts Access To Public Landings and Boat Ramps
- April 14, 2020 - Notice To Adopt Provisions of Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020
- April 13, 2020 - Gloucester Police Department Updates Community on COVID-19 Response Procedures and Enforcement
- April 10, 2020 - City of Gloucester Announces New Measures and Emergency Orders
- April 3, 2020 - City of Gloucester Reminds Residents That Social Distancing Guidelines Are Extended Until At Least May 4
- April 1, 2020 - City of Gloucester & Offers Grocery Shopping Guidance
- March 27, 2020 - City of Gloucester Provides Resources for Quitting Smoking or Vaping
- March 26, 2020 - City of Gloucester Provides Guidance to Help Manage Stress and Anxiety Surrounding COVID-19 Social Distancing & Isolation
- March 21, 2020 - Mayor of Gloucester, Board of Health Issue Emergency Order for Personal Care Businesses to Close by Sunday, March 22
- March 17, 2020 - City of Gloucester Declares State of Emergency Due to Coronavirus
- March 14, 2020 - City of Gloucester Encourages Residents to Make Use of State’s 24/7 2-1-1 System for COVID-19 Information and Referrals
- March 13, 2020 - City of Gloucester Shares Guidance for Residents and Businesses Regarding COVID-19
- March 12, 2020 - City of Gloucester Shares Prevention Tips for High Risk Residents
- A 1623 Community Update with Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken about the City’s Phase 1 opening of City beaches and Stage Fort Park.
- A Conversation with Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and U.S. Senator Ed Markey about disaster relief for Gloucester Fisheries
- GMG Podcast with CAO Jim Destino and Public Health Director Karin Carroll about Reopening Massachusetts and the City’s Reopening Task Force
- A 1623 Community Update – May 15, 2020 with CAO Jim Destino and Public Health Director Karin Carroll about planning for Gloucester’s reopening
- The MA COVID Team is calling – answer the call
- A message from hospitals: Don’t avoid emergency care
- Good Morning Gloucester podcast – April 28, 2020 with Harbormaster TJ Ciarametaro About the Protections In Place at Public Landings and Boat Ramps.
- MSO Newsports North Shore Today newscast – April 30, 2020 with Gloucester Public Health Director Karin Carroll with a COVID-19 update.
- A 1623 Community Update - with Deputy Harbormaster Chad Johnson About the Protections In Place at Public Landings and Boat Ramps.
- How to safely cover your face outside of home
- A 1623 Studios Community Update – 4/23/2020 with Public Health Director Karin Carroll about what the "surge" looks like in Gloucester.
- A 1623 Studios Community Update – 4/22/2020 with Police Chief Ed Conley with a general COVID-19 update.
- A 1623 Studios Community Update – 4/21/2020 with Chief Adminstrative Officer Jim Destino about managing the City during a pandemic.
- A 1623 Studios Community Update – 4/21/2020 with Superintendent Richard Safier about the extension of school closures and remote learning.
- A 1623 Community Update with Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Public Health Director Karin Carroll with a City of Gloucester COVID-19 Update.
- Coping with Stress and Fear from COVID-19.
- A Gloucester Fire Department Tutorial on how to properly and safely put on and take off gloves and masks.
- A 1623 Studios Community Update with Amy Epstein, Regional Prevention Director for the Gloucester Health Department, with tips for preserving our teenagers’ mental health during the COVID-19 crisis.