Hi. This is Mayor Mike Cahill with a brief coronavirus-19 update. First, earlier today, Governor Baker announced a statewide stay at home order, reinforcing the need for extreme social distancing and shutting down most work places throughout Massachusetts. As some of you have reached out with questions regarding which work places will be closed and which will be open, we have posted on the city website the Governor’s guide which lists essential work places. You can find this at www.beverlyma.gov. From the home page, click on either the Coronavirus-19 banner or the box. Then, on the next page, under Recent Declarations from Governor Charlie Baker, click on Order of the Governor regarding operation of essential services. The Governor’s order is further evidence that our most important shared challenge and responsibility here and now is to slow the spread of this virus. And it has been incredibly heartening today to see the overwhelming majority of our community recognizing the need and acting to meet this challenge. Thank you, All.
Second, on behalf of our School Superintendent Dr. Charochak, I want to share the following: In an effort to reduce risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus, beginning Tomorrow, we will be offering both breakfast and lunch distribution twice weekly, on Tuesday and Friday. On each of those days, children will receive breakfast and lunch for three days. The meals will be distributed between 10:30 – 12:30 at BHS and between 11:30 – 12:00 at Apple Village and at Holcroft Park. This option will allow us to continue to provide our students with meals but limit the exposure of students, families and our staff.
Third, in an effort to maintain a safe social distance while people perform needed tasks, I am announcing a new Beverly effort to stagger our food shopping. Starting this Wednesday, I ask you all to voluntarily limit your trips to the super market to twice a week. This is a voluntary effort. If you live in Wards one or two, please try to food shop this Wednesday and/or Saturday. If you live In Wards three or four, please try to food shop this Thursday and/or Sunday, and if you live in Wards five or six, please try to food shop this Friday and/or next Monday. Please try to follow this schedule whether you do your shopping in Beverly or in a nearby community. The more people who are able to follow this schedule, the more we will prevent overcrowding in our grocery markets, and the safer we will all be. Thank you for giving this a try.
This is Mayor Mike Cahill. I wish you a happy Monday evening.