Hanover updates – COVID-19 impact

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

I have hesitated to weigh in with updates regarding the impact of COVID-19
on our town because they seem to change daily, and sometimes within hours.
And, “Around Town on the Web”, while beloved, is older technology – that
takes 12 hours for one e-blast to be sent. That being said, I thought you
might appreciate an overview of some of the precautions that have been
taken and the related impacts to your daily schedule.

The Town of Hanover and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have declared a
state of emergency, and gatherings of over 250 people have been banned.

Hanover Schools announced Thursday that they would be closed on Friday, and
then Friday they announced that they would be closed for two weeks – up
through and including March 27th. I am sad for the HHS Hockey team
regarding their quest for the Garden that has been cancelled, but I hope
they hold their heads high as they wear the “Co-champion” crown. They
earned it! Spring sports have been pushed back to March 30th, at least.

The Hanover Senior Center closed Friday for an indefinite period of time.
In a statement, the good folks at the Council on Aging stated: “We are
100% committed to serving our senior population during this time of crisis;
to that end, the entire Community Services staff will be providing
transportation, delivering Meals on Wheels, making home visits, phone
calls, and house checks, and will hold appointments as needed at the COA

The Hanover John Curtis Library has also been closed as of 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, also for an indefinite period of time. The Library has
downloadable options available here:
, and is assessing how to make at least some services available beginning
next week.

As of this writing (Saturday at 3:45 p.m.), Town Hall will be open on
Monday. As your Town Clerk, I look forward to continuing to serve you by
phone, e-mail and in-person. I know my colleagues feel the same. We are
here for you. Please don’t mind if we practice “social distancing” – and
stay 6 feet away from you rather than shake your hand. You should do the
same when you are out in public. The rabies vaccination clinic, previously
scheduled for 3/21, has been postponed. We are assessing the situation and
our options regarding Town Meeting on May 4th and the Town Election on May

Be safe, be smart, and take care of your loved ones, Hanover. Check on
your neighbors; who’s home, who’s not well? Who should you reach out to
after reading this e-mail? Not sure? Donate to the Hanover Food Pantry –
there are people staying home and losing wages who will need extra support.
Together we will get through this!

For “Around Town on the Web”,
Cathy H-B

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