A message from the Town Manager, Stephen Crane:
Good evening. This is Town Manager Stephen Crane calling you with another update on the Town’s response to the COVID19 outbreak. Since last week, there have been several major policy changes at federal, state, and local levels intended to limit the spread of the virus. Despite these changes, the number of cases continues to grow quickly and it is more important than ever to maintain hygiene and social distancing best practices.
Governor Baker has ordered all nonessential businesses to close and has asked for people to stay home unless absolutely necessary. A list of local essential businesses any special hours they may have is being prepared and will be posted on the Town’s website shortly. A state of emergency has been declared in the Commonwealth and in the town of Concord. The Governor has also prohibited the use of reusable shopping bags and imposed limitations on construction. Schools will also remain closed until at least May 4.
The Annual Town Election planned for Tuesday, March 31 has been postponed until Thursday, June 11. Election materials from the original date will remain on the ballot and absentee ballots already cast will be counted on June 11.
Voters wishing to cast an absentee or early ballot may submit a written request either with an application that is available online through the Town Clerk’s webpage or any form of written communication that is signed and dated. The voter registration deadline for the June 11 postponed Annual Town Election will be Monday, June 1 at 8:00pm.
Also, given the projected public health situation, the Moderator expects to recess and continue Annual Town Meeting, currently scheduled to begin April 27. The Moderator will announce a determination on Monday, March 30. If the determination is to postpone Town Meeting, a formal Declaration will follow later in April with the new date.
Please know that town officials are closely monitoring this situation and doing all we can to keep essential services going without disruption. Town staff regularly check email, phone messages, and social media so please let us know if you have questions or needs. Please continue to check the Town’s website for updates on COVID19.
To end on a positive note, neighbors are really stepping up to help other neighbors throughout the community. These efforts will help us get through this crisis stronger than ever. Thank you and good night.
For a list of food and pharmacy locations in and around Concord, which were deemed COVID-19 Essential Businesses allowed to continue to be open, please see the COVID-19 page or click here.