Sherborn’s COVID-19 Response & Resources For Residents

Updated May 30th, 2020

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and every effort will be made to keep this page current. Please be aware that all Town Boards, Departments, Committees and others have been working around the clock on getting systems into place and responding to COVID-19.

With warmer, swim-worthy weather arriving earlier than usual, following closely after the State moved to Phase I of reopening, staff and volunteers across the Town have been busy making preparations for Farm Pond that are fair and protective for the public and compliant with the Governor's Orders.  A Farm Pond-specific set of FAQs can be accessed through the menu to the left.

Other COVID-19 safety and response measures undertaken by the Town include, but are not limited to:

  • supporting a soft-reopening of the Library, likely featuring curbside pick-up and return of books;
  • pursuing a safe restart of the Library construction project;
  • reviewing the planning for graduation/promotion drive-through ceremonies for our students;
  • collaborating with Dover and the School District regarding school reopening issues;
  • ensuring the continued safety of our seniors in Woodhaven while also finding ways to address their other needs;
  • reconfiguring Town Hall and other municipal buildings so offices can reopen to the public in a controlled environment;
  • ensuring the safety of Town employees and volunteers who are carrying out essential services;
  • arranging for a safe and practical Town Election process, which is required to be open for in-person voting for 12 hours;
  • planning for the Annual Town Meeting, which must be done in-person;
  • preparing detailed budgets to the State for all Covid-19 costs to be reimbursed under the Cares Act;
  • catching up on services that are provided for activities that have been on hold but are beginning to resume, such as remodeling projects, home sales, etc.

Links to sources of information that are updated regularly are provided elsewhere on COVID-19 sub-pages.

Please note the expanding list of information options to the left.

Early Sherborn Initiatives

The Sherborn Board of Health and Sherborn Emergency Management want you to know that there has been –and will continue to be– a great deal of effort regarding the important and rapidly evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  Efforts include, but are not limited to:

  • Closely collaborating with the Dover Board of Health to make our systems and responses more resilient and consistent for addressing the needs of our residents. 
  • Meeting and communicating with the Select Board, District School Administration, private schools, Councils on Aging, Visiting Nurse services, Fire Department, Police Department, daycare organizations, and others for the purposes of anticipating, planning for, and acting on the challenges being presented.
  • Following the latest guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MassDPH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other reputable sources.
  • Checking the MassDPH infectious disease system daily for COVID-19 cases so that they can be overseen by trained, authorized professionals.  Please note that this involves protected and confidential patient information.

In the initial period, we moved through increasing degrees of informal and formal social distancing such as postponement/cancellation of selected events and recommendations to residents with compromised immune systems and those over 60 to limit social interactions.  We have moved on to the stricter measures currently in place (see Current Procedures and Actions).

Sanitation methods increased in frequency and intensity for public buildings, although personal protection -such as effective hand washing (see the WHO website listed above)- should continue.


Staff Contacts

Name Title
Zach Ward Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director
Ellen Hartnett Board of Health Administrator
Daryl Beardsley Chair, Board of Health