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Disclosure: Waylandenews Executive Director Kim Reichelt is a member of the Wayland School Committee. Her work on this site, however, is as an individual, not as a member of the School Committee.

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Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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Back in business: Liberty Pizza in Wayland reopened after possible coronavirus contamination

Wayland Town Crier 3/28/20: Back in business: Liberty Pizza in Wayland reopened after possible coronavirus contamination. The owner of Liberty Pizza is thankful he’s back in business after his shop was shut down for nearly a week when a family member tested positive for the new coronavirus.  Meanwhile, a Starbucks at 44 Main St. remained closed as of Friday afternoon, according to Town Administrator Louise Miller. It was shut down by health officials on March 19 after an employee tested presumptive positive for COVID-19.


March 19, 2020:  Two local Wayland food businesses were closed today due to presumptive positive COVID-19 test results in employees or employee families:

  • Starbucks – 44 Main Street
  • Liberty Pizza – 116 Main Street

The businesses are closed until a public health contact investigation has been completed.

We continue to urge all residents to evaluate their own health and determine if they are feeling mildly ill with a head cold, headache, cough and/or experiencing any CDC identified symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you are feeling any symptoms, we advise you to contact the Wayland Health Department at the Coronavirus Hotline 508-358-6805 and your primary care physician for guidance.   If you or anyone in your family has any symptoms of being ill, we advise you to stay quarantined at home until you are feeling better and follow up with your primary care physician as needed.

The Town will also provide general help for residents who may need assistance obtaining basic and important life necessities, such as food or medications, by calling 508-358-7701.

Sudbury Whole Foods employee tests positive for coronavirus

Wayland Town Crier 3/27/20: Sudbury Whole Foods employee tests positive for coronavirus. An employee at Whole Foods in Sudbury has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is currently in quarantine, Whole Foods confirmed in a statement provided to the Daily News Friday.

COVID-19 Testing and Reporting

To: All Residents and Businesses
From: Wayland Health Department, Wayland Board of Health and the Town Administrator
Date: March 27, 2020 at 4:30pm
Re: COVID-19 Testing and Reporting

Wayland’s Board of Health (BOH) continues to urge all residents and businesses to self-report any COVID-19 symptoms to the Coronavirus Hotline at 508-358-6805. This is critically important to assist with the Town’s case tracking and being aware of all COVID-19 cases in Wayland, whether residents or business employees. The Health Department maintains patient confidentiality on this and all health matters.

All residents should evaluate their own health and determine if they are feeling mildly ill with a head cold, headache, “sniffles”, congestion, cough and/or experiencing any CDC identified symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. COVID-19’s symptoms mimic the seasonal flu or a bad cold.

If you are feeling any symptoms, they advise you to contact the Wayland Health Department at the Coronavirus Hotline 508-358-6805 and your primary care physician for guidance. If you or anyone in your family has any symptoms of being ill, we advise you to stay quarantined at home until you are feeling better and follow up with your primary care physician as needed.

Test sites: Information about area testing sites is provided here for residents’ information. The sites are not sanctioned by the Town. PLEASE advise the Health Department if you decide to proceed with testing.

Wayland COVID-19 case report:

Cases with confirmed positive testing: 6 (up from 4 last week)
Cases clinically diagnosed by physician: 1 (additional to the 6)
Cases being followed; in quarantine: 22 (suspected contacts/travel/known risk)

This information will be updated weekly on Fridays.

Town Services for Residents’ Needs

To: All Residents
From: Town Administrator and Health Director Date: March 27, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Re: Town Services for Residents’ Needs

While we all work to follow the Governor’s stay in place order and as the days progress, the Town recognizes that many of our residents may find that they need additional support or services. Please take time to read through the entire list.

Support services in place:

Health: The Health Department Coronavirus Hotline at 508-358-6805 is for those experiencing symptoms, concerns about exposure and seeking information specific to the COVID-19 virus. The phone is being staffed and messages are returned promptly.

Private Business Food Deliveries: The Health Department is visiting each restaurant and grocery store in Wayland on a daily basis to ensure each business continues to follow proper protocols for take-out and delivery services. This applies to brick and mortar businesses in Wayland.

Town: The Town will also provide general help for residents who may need assistance obtaining basic and important life necessities, such as food or medications, by calling 508- 358-7701. This phone is also being staffed and messages are returned promptly.

Council on Aging (CoA): CoA staff have been in touch with their senior population on a regular and often daily basis through phone calls, emails, and robo calls. If you would like to be added to the CoA’s list for a friendly check in or other services, please call the CoA at 508-358-2990.

The Meals on Wheels program will continue next week and, at this time, will be conducted by BayPath Elder Services instead of Wayland volunteers.

Youth and Family Services: The staff of Youth and Family Services are available for phone counseling and outreach services to its existing clients. If you are seeking immediate mental health services, please call Psychiatric Emergency Services, in Framingham, at (800) 640-5432. For emotional support, call the state’s 211 to access “call to talk”.

Food Pantries: The Town Administrator’s Office, the CoA and the Health Department are working with the three known food pantries in Wayland: Parmenter Food Pantry, Celebration International Church and Trinitarian Congregational Church. The Health Department has reviewed safe delivery protocols with each group. The Town is working closely with the Celebration International Church and its affiliation with The Greater Boston Food Bank to provide food to Wayland residents.

Volunteers: The Town has become aware of residents asking in what way they can help their neighbors. The Town has established a list of residents who would like to volunteer in some way. To add your name to the volunteer list, please email the Town at COVIDvolunteer@wayland.ma.us. We will be in touch with every person indicating a desire to volunteer to get additional information about skills that may be needed in the future. At this time, because of the stay in place order and CDC guidelines, most of the volunteer opportunities will be friendly phone calls to neighbors.

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We continue to urge all residents to evaluate their own health and determine if they are feeling mildly ill with a head cold, headache, cough and/or experiencing any CDC identified symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you are feeling any symptoms, we advise you to contact the Wayland Health Department at the Coronavirus Hotline 508-358-6805 and your primary care physician for guidance. If you or anyone in your family has any symptoms of being ill, we advise you to stay quarantined at home until you are feeling better and follow up with your primary care physician as needed.

The Town will also provide general help for residents who may need assistance obtaining basic and important life necessities, such as food or medications, by calling 508-358-7701.

A Message from Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) regarding trail policies

While SVT properties remain open to the public, SVT has updated trail policies for the safety of all during this time of high use. Visit www.svtweb.org for a detailed outline of these policies.

  • Please comply with state and federal orders regarding public activities.
  • Maintain social/physical distancing on the trails.
  • Keep your dog on a leash.
  • Please park in designated parking areas. If our lots are full, do not park along the edge of the road.
  • Please do not use the map boxes at our kiosks. Download or print map from home to avoid having to touch the map boxes.

These guidelines will also be posted at our trail heads. Please remember that our natural areas are home to an amazing array of plants and animals. We are guests in their home. Please take care not to disturb it.

Sudbury Valley Trustees is a nonprofit, member-supported land trust that protects natural areas and farmland for wildlife and people in the region surrounding the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.

Please Donate to Keep Families Safe from Abuse

Recently, the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable board voted to donate $20,000 to five area domestic violence agencies to support them in their efforts to keep survivors safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. While this time of social distancing is challenging for all of us, we know that for survivors, this crisis is being felt multi-fold and in some cases may be life threatening. We hope that many of you will join us to provide funds to keep victims safe. Our local programs are all continuing to provide support to survivors. Shelters and transitional living programs remain open, and community advocacy has shifted to a mostly phone/video call support system.

In addition to the safety risk that being confined to home has created, there are a plethora of other concerns. Right now, many survivors are facing lost wages due to workplaces closures. Food access is limited. Bills, rent, and utilities are likely not going to be able to be paid. Domestic violence agencies are already hearing increased needs for financial support from survivors, and they know this will only grow exponentially as this pandemic continues.

We know that we live in very generous communities, and we are asking those of you who are able to make an online financial donation. A financial donation gives the agencies the greatest flexibility to meet the needs of survivors stated above as well as possibly placing survivors in hotels as there is currently no shelter space available due to the pandemic. Our local agencies include:

Please join the Roundtable in supporting some of the most vulnerable in our communities. We appreciate your consideration of this request and thank you for your support.

Governor signs law enabling municipalities to postpone elections

The Governor has signed into law chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020 “An Act granting authority to postpone 2020 municipal elections in the Commonwealth and increase voting options in response to the declaration of emergency to respond to COVID-19,” which has an emergency preamble and thus takes effect immediately.  A link to this will be posted on the main page of the Office of the Town Clerk.

FAQ

How will I know when a new Annual Town Election date is set? Notice of new election date must be provided to the public in other ways reasonably calculated to enable eligible voters to learn of the rescheduled election date including using a “reverse-911” call, municipal list-serve notifications, advertisement on local cable television or issuance of a press release sent to local news media.

What happens to an incumbent elected official whose term would have expired at the Annual Town Election on March 31, 2020? The incumbent elected official shall continue to serve in the official’s position until a successor is elected and qualified (which is already set forth in section 107 of chapter 41 of the General Laws).

Is it too late to register to vote in the new Annual Town Election? No. There will be a new voter registration deadline set which will 10 days before the new election date from 2 PM to 4 PM and from 7PM to 8 PM.

Will new election ballots/materials be printed? No. Election materials from the original election date for the new election date, including all ballots — absentee and official, will have the date of the original election on them

If I already cast an absentee ballot for the March 31, 2020 Annual Town Election, will my ballot be counted for the new election date? Yes. However, a voter who wants to vote in person on the date of the new election if their absentee ballot has not yet been counted.

Am I eligible to apply for an absentee ballot application due to COVID-19? Eligibility for apply for an absentee ballot now also includes a physical disability prevent the voter from going to the polling place (only until June 30, 2020) to include any person taking precaution related to COVID-19 in response to a declared state of emergency or from guidance from a medical professional, local or state health official, or any civil authority.

If I am not eligible to apply for absentee ballot are there other ways than appearing at the polls to vote? Yes. Early voting by mail is an option for any annual or special municipal or state election held on or before June 30, 2020.

How do I arrange to early vote (EV) by mail? Voters must submit a written request for an EV ballot which can be the application we’ve prepared or any form of written communication asking for an EV ballot. An Early Voting application will be posted on the Town Clerk website.

What’s the difference between early voting and absentee voting? Differences include application requirements, eligibility, method and timing of voting, applications made by family members, and once a ballot is cast. A chart (or further information) detailing the differences will be posted on the front page of the Office of the Town Clerk in the next day or two.

Can I vote in person at the new Annual Town Election? Yes.

What is the deadline to apply for an Early Voting application? Noon on the last business day before the new election date and the deadline for you to receive completed EV ballots as the close of polls on the new election date.

Are there any new deadlines for filing nomination papers for the Annual Town Election? No.

If interested in working as a poll worker at the Annual Town Election, please contact the Office of the
Town Clerk at (508) 358-3630. Poll workers are needed!