Closure of Town Buildings and Lunenburg Public Schools

Update on Town Facilities and Lunenburg Public Schools (3/13/20)

Given the evolving conditions related to the spread of the Coronavirus, its inherent risk to the public, and to act in abundance of caution for the community and our staff, the Town of Lunenburg is closing all town buildings to the public, excluding the public safety building, effective today. This decision will remain in force and effect for 2 weeks (through Friday, March 27), at which time this access restriction may be adjusted or discontinued.

The affected town buildings, though closed to public access, will be staffed during normal working hours and can be reached by phone or on-line. The Senior Center will continue providing transportation services and the Meals on Wheels program in an effort to continue these essential services to the senior population. The continuation of services to our residents is a priority, however this will require for this to be done remotely. If the staffing situation changes, we will provide an update to the public.

Effective Monday, March 16, the Lunenburg Public Schools will be closed for a period of two weeks (through Friday, March 27). All classes, as well as extracurricular activities, clubs, and sports, will be suspended. All school buildings will be closed with the exception of custodians who will be working to do a deep sanitizing of the facilities.

In regards to public meetings for boards and committees, we are putting a plan in place to utilize the Open Meeting Law Order signed by Governor Baker that allows for remote participation by all members of a public body and alternative means of public access to these meetings. Once that plan is in place, we will notify the public how they will be able to participate remotely. All other public events, including Town Caucus, will not take place during the next 2 weeks and this time period may be adjusted at the end of the 2 week closure. As of today, Town Caucus has been rescheduled to Monday, March 30th.

This decision is being made to protect our public safety officials, the health and safety of the community, our vulnerable populations, our staff, and slow the transmission of the virus within the community. As this situation has rapidly evolved and is highly fluid, we will continue to provide updates to the public through the town website, the town Facebook page, the townwide email listserv, and the Lunenburg Ledger.

Please continue to follow the preventative protocols issued through the Department of Public Health and the CDC guidelines and we will continue to post updates with any new information.

Sincerely,

Heather R. Lemieux
Town Manager