Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

To help navigate the recent continuous stream of information on COVID19, the following information is being provided to you to further educate yourselves, your coworkers, and your family with the most up-to-date information to help protect you and those around you.

Town of Dennis COVID-19 F.A.Q Sheet - Check back often to view answers to popular questions.


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/29/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/26/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/24/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/22/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/19/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/17/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/15/2020. Click Here


Town of Dennis UPDATES and Reminders on Beach and Harbor  6/12/20

Starting tomorrow June 13th, the Dennis Beaches will be open seven days a week, fully staffed and checking for 2020 season stickers.  If paying at the gate, please try to being exact change: Monday – Friday $25, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays $30.

As of June 13th, 2020, stickers are also required for use of Crowes Pasture and the Harbor.

Further sticker purchase information can be found here https://www.town.dennis.ma.us/sticker-sales/pages/sticker-fee-schedule

The Commonwealth has set strict Beach guidelines requiring groups to maintain a 12’ minimum distance between other groups sitting on beach.  Due to these social distancing requirements the Town has identified some areas of concern and proactively has temporarily set limits on parking at some routinely over crowded beaches.  The Beach supervisor(s) will monitor the social distancing situation with close coordination with the Town Health Agent(s) and may either reduce and/or increase parking as deemed fit. 

The following Dennis beaches will have reduced parking capacity:

  • Mayflower Beach - upper parking lot will be temporarily closed.
  • Corporation Beach - ballfield overflow parking will be temporarily closed.
  • West Dennis Beach – westerly end of parking lot temporarily closed.
  • South Village Beach – nonresident lot temporarily closed.
  • Glendon Beach - temporarily close portion of parking area.
  • All beach locations will be closely monitored and if required parking may be further limited to promote State social distancing protocols.

The Department of Public Health Orders and Guidelines requires all beach visitors to comply with COVID-19 Order 31: Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public Places Where Social Distancing is Not Possible. The order requires any person over the age of 2, whether indoors or outdoors, to wear a face covering or mask when they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others, unless they have a medical condition preventing them from doing so (see further guidance here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-state-of-emergency). Masks are not required to be worn while swimming.

The following are safety standards for the management and use of coastal and inland beaches in the Commonwealth for Phase II of the Commonwealth's Reopening:

  • Beach visitors are required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet or more at all times and visitors should maintain at least 12 ft minimum distance between toweling/beach blanket areas. Toweling/Beach blanket groups are limited to groups no larger than 10.
  • No contact ball games such as catch, Kadima, Kan Jam and bocce can be allowed provided that social distancing can be maintained, and group size guidelines followed. No games, scrimmages, or tournaments.
  • Beach visitors shall abide by social distancing standards for bathroom lines and follow any established visual guidelines for maintaining a 6' distance in all restroom facilities.

The full guidance document can be viewed at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/executive-office-of-energy-and-environmental-affairs-eea-covid-19-guidance-documents

The current Beach Regulations remain effective, including:

  • No alcoholic beverages will be permitted on the beaches or in the parking areas at ANYTIME.
  • No smoking will be permitted on the beaches or in the beach parking areas at ANYTIME.
  • No littering will be permitted on the beaches or in the parking areas at ANYTIME. No glass containers or bottles shall be allowed on the beach or in the parking areas at ANYTIME.
  • No animals or pets will be permitted on the beaches, in the parking areas, or in unattended vehicles in the parking areas at ANYTIME from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

The Health and Police Departments have increased their presence and will provide assistance, in anticipation of an increase in beach attendance during summer season, for monitoring social distancing, the wearing of face coverings when appropriate and adherence to limitations on large gatherings (< 10 people).

Further action may need to be taken if the public health is jeopardized by overcrowding or non-compliance with all guidance.
These plans have been endorsed by the Select Board and are subject to change upon further evaluation that adherence is not being met. 


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/12/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/11/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/10/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/9/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/5/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/4/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/3/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/2/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 6/1/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/29/2020. Click Here


Beach Operation Plans 5/29/20

The Town of Dennis announces Beach Operation Plans for the season.  Given the active COVID-19 health State of Emergency, these plans are subject to change upon further evaluation. 

Beaches Remain Open
The Dennis Beaches remain open.  At this time, there will be no fee charged at any beach and lifeguards and parking attendants will not be on duty, a grace period for stickers has been issued until June 13th.
The Commonwealth has set strict Beach reopening guidelines requiring groups to maintain a 12’ minimum distance between other groups sitting on beach.  Due to these social distancing requirements the Town has identified some areas of concern and proactively has temporarily set limits on parking at some routinely over crowded beaches.  The Beach supervisor(s) will monitor the social distancing situation with close coordination with the Town Health Agent(s) and may either reduce and/or increase parking as deemed fit. 

The following Dennis beaches will have reduced parking capacity:

  • Mayflower Beach - upper parking lot will be temporarily closed.
  • Corporation Beach - ballfield overflow parking will be temporarily closed.
  • West Dennis Beach - resident parking temporarily closed.
  • South Village Beach - temporarily close one of the two parking areas.
  • Glendon Beach - temporarily close portion of parking area.
  • All beach locations will be closely monitored and if required parking may be further limited to promote State social distancing protocols.

Crowes Pasture will be opened June 1st for recreational vehicle access when sufficient staffing is in place.
Harbor Operations are open. Stickers not be required until June 13th

Parking Attendants and Lifeguards will not enforce social distancing but will generally monitor  for overcrowding and report concerns to beach supervisors.  Social distancing will be enforced in coordination with beach supervisors and health department.

Town Encourages Purchase of Stickers by Mail and or Online
Due to the Governors guidance on the phased reopening of public buildings and our current situation with the Covid-19 Pandemic we will now be accepting mail in payments.  With these payments you will still have to provide the necessary documentation along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Processing time is approximately two weeks.  As of this date, we are not doing any walk-in sticker sales.  We will keep you updated when Town Hall will be open for walk in sales.

  • Application for mail in stickers are on the Town of Dennis website (please print).  Download Here
  • If you are unable to print the application we will have them available outside the front door of Town Hall.
  • You can drop your completed application with all pertinent information in the lockbox located near the front door of Town Hall.
  • Beach, ORV, and Harbor stickers are all available online.

The enforcement date for beach stickers at all beaches is being deferred to June 13th to allow more time for residents and taxpayers to purchase these beach parking stickers, online or by mail.
The Health and Police Departments have increased their presence and will provide assistance, in anticipation of an increase in beach attendance during summer season, for monitoring social distancing, the wearing of face coverings when appropriate and adherence to limitations on large gatherings (< 10 people).
Further action may need to be taken if the public health is jeopardized by overcrowding or non-compliance with all guidance. These plans have been endorsed by the Select Board and are subject to change upon further evaluation that adherence is not being met. 


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/28/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/27/2020. Click Here


Updates on COVID-19 5/27/2020
Since this pandemic began, the TOD has seen 85 confirmed positive cases and unfortunately has also seen 18 COVID-19 related deaths.
We are currently in week 2 of Phase 1 of the Governor’s re-opening plan for the State of MA.  Each Phase of the Governor’s plan is anticipated to last at least 3 weeks with Public Health Data determining the definitive start date for each successive phase.  Based upon the Governor’s outline, Phase 2, including the reopening of even more businesses and services, may potentially begin on June 8th.  Our outcomes to date are largely attributable to Dennis residents’ compliance with the Governor’s Stay at Home orders and State guidance regarding social distancing, the wearing of face masks and good hygiene practices.  I cannot stress enough that continued compliance with the Governor’s Orders and State guidance will be essential towards meeting the goals required for continued re-opening of the State, the Cape and the Town of Dennis.  Now is not the time to let your guard down. 

With the warmer weather upon us, it is important to get out for sunshine and fresh air. Please remember that when visiting the beaches-

  • Beach visitors are required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet or more at all times and visitors should maintain at least 12 ft minimum distance between toweling/beach blanket areas.
  • Organized ball games should not be allowed activity including, but not limited to, volleyball, Kan Jam, spikeball, football, soccer, Kadima, and bocce.
  • Beach visitors shall abide by social distancing standards for bathroom lines and follow any established visual guidelines for maintaining a 6' distance in all restroom facilities.

We are asking beach visitors are asked to comply with all guidelines or stricter measures will have to be taken.
For detailed guidance on industry specific reopening plans visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-when-can-my-business-reopen#detailed-industry-reopening-plan.
For the most up to date information please visit the MDPH website, the Centers for Disease control website, as well as the Town of Dennis website.
As always, thank you for your cooperation, patience, and understanding during this unprecedented time.


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/26/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/22/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/21/2020. Click Here


Updates on COVID-19 5/20/2020
I would like to start off with our numbers to date of COVID cases within the Town. Dennis has seen 83 confirmed positive cases with 13 deaths. There have been 32 residents that have recovered since this pandemic began.
Yesterday the Governor announced the beginning of the four phased approach to reopen the economy. One part of that was a new safer at home advisory which is still encouraging people over the age of 65 and people who have underlying health conditions who are at high risk for COVID 19 to continue to stay home except for essential errands such as going to the grocery store and to attend to healthcare needs.
Residents are required to wear a face covering when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance. However, a face covering must be worn at all times when:

  • Inside or waiting in line outside of grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retail stores
  • Providing or using the services of any taxi, car, ride-sharing, or similar service
  • On any form of public transit, including train or bus; and
  • In an enclosed or semi-enclosed transit stop or waiting area.
     

Exceptions to this include situations that may inhibit an individual from wearing the face covering safely.

Gatherings of 10 or more are still prohibited.
Phase 1, or “Start” of the reopening began yesterday. Limited industries were allowed to resume operations with severe restrictions and capacity limits. Each phase will last a minimum of three weeks. If public health data trends are negative, specific industries, regions or the entire Commonwealth may need to return to an earlier phase. Social Distancing remains critical to stop the spread. Phase 2 will be labeled “Cautious” – with even more industries resuming operations with restrictions and capacity limits. Phase 3 will be labeled “Vigilant”- additional industries will resume with guidance.  Phase 4 will be labeled “The New Normal” - development of a vaccine and/or therapy, to enable full resumption of activities.
On May 14th, the BOH voted unanimously to allow for the suspension of enforcement for minimum parking requirements for restaurants and retailers for 18 months due to COVID-19. This will allow for outdoor seating to accommodate for social distancing.
With that, though restaurants continue to operate as an essential service for takeout and delivery only, no expansion of the current order in place was included in Phase 1. On premise consumption of take-out food continues to be prohibited at this time. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation during this time.


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/20/2020. Click Here


Beach and Off-Road Vehicle Guidance 5/20/20
In order to comply with the Governor’s guidance issued on May 18, 2020, the Dennis beaches will remain open and unstaffed until Saturday, June 13, 2020 per the Dennis Select Board.  From Saturday, May 23rd through Saturday, June 13th bathrooms and concessions will be opened and cleaned per contract.
The Board also voted to close Crowe’s Pasture Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Operations to recreational vehicles on Friday May 22nd. Commercial Shellfish access remains and Shellfish grant holders will continue to have access during this time. On Monday, June 1st Crowe’s Pasture Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Operations will reopen for recreational vehicle access.  At that time access will be limited to low tide access (flats) ONLY in a defined parking area. The hours of operation will be limited to 8am to 5pm seven days per week. The low tide window is 4 hours. If the window is less than 2 hours the flats will remain closed that day.  The Upland Parking area will be restricted.  Moving forward there is a Mid-June target (Phase 2) to reopen Beach Parking at a limited capacity, open Upland parking at full capacity and extend the hours of operation. Please subscribe to ORV News and announcements on the Town website to receive updates regarding beach operations.
The Department of Public Health Orders and Guidelines requires all beach visitors to comply with COVID-19 Order 31: Order Requiring Face Coverings in Public Places Where Social Distancing is Not Possible. The order requires any person over the age of 2, whether indoors or outdoors, to wear a face covering or mask when they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others, unless they have a medical condition preventing them from doing so (see further guidance here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-state-of-emergency). Masks are not required to be worn while swimming. No groups larger than 10 are allowed to gather. https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-31-2020-assemblage-guidance/download
The following are safety and re-opening standards for the management and use of coastal and inland beaches in the Commonwealth for Phase 1 of the Commonwealth's Reopening:

  • Beach visitors are required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet or more at all times and visitors should maintain at least 12 ft minimum distance between toweling/beach blanket areas.
  • Organized ball games should not be allowed activity including, but not limited to, volleyball, Kan Jam, spikeball, football, soccer, Kadima, and bocce.
  • Beach visitors shall abide by social distancing standards for bathroom lines and follow any established visual guidelines for maintaining a 6' distance in all restroom facilities.

The full guidance document can be viewed at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/executive-office-of-energy-and-environmental-affairs-eea-covid-19-guidance-documents

The current Beach Regulations remain effective, including:

  • No alcoholic beverages will be permitted on the beaches or in the parking areas at ANYTIME.
  • No smoking will be permitted on the beaches or in the beach parking areas at ANYTIME.
  • No littering will be permitted on the beaches or in the parking areas at ANYTIME. No glass containers or bottles shall be allowed on the beach or in the parking areas at any time.
  • No animals or pets will be permitted on the beaches, in the parking areas, or in unattended vehicles in the parking areas AT ANYTIME from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

We are asking beach visitors are asked to comply with all guidelines or stricter measures will have to be taken


Reopening: Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-mandatory-safety-standards-for-workplaces


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/19/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/18/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/15/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/14/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/13/2020. Click Here


Updates on COVID-19  5-13-2020
The Town of Dennis has seen 77 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are currently 36 active cases within the Town.  There have been 12 deaths, but also 29 individuals that have recovered. Hand washing, Social Distancing and the use of a face covering remain key to slow the spread. 
On May 11th, the Governor announced a four-phase approach and Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards that will apply across all sectors and industries once the Massachusetts economy reopens amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. These Mandatory Standards that will apply in phase one, will create new workplace requirements for social distancing, hygiene, staffing and operations, and cleaning. These standards are being.
Phase 1 will be labeled “Start”, with limited industries resuming operations with severe restrictions.
Phase 2 will be labeled “Cautious” with additional industries resuming operations with restrictions and capacity limits.
Phase 3 will be labeled “Vigilant” with additional industries resuming operations with guidance. 
Phase 4 will be labeled “The New Normal” with development of a vaccine and/or therapy, enables resumption of a new normal.
Further guidance from the Governor for each phase will be forthcoming.
Businesses and activities that provided “COVID-19 Essential Services,” per the Governors March 23rd order, will continue to operate. However, they too will be required to follow the new Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards. Certain businesses and activities with a lower risk of COVID-19 transmission will open in earlier phases. Decisions and timing for the roll out of the next phase will be influenced by public health metrics.
At this time, the Stay At Home Advisory remains in effect and gatherings of 10 or more people remain prohibited until May 18th.  All travelers arriving to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Massachusetts if they are displaying symptoms. Health care workers, public health workers, public safety workers, transportation workers and designated essential workers are exempt from this requirement.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have.
As always, for the most up to date information, please visit the MDPH website at- www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronaviru... or the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/index.html., as well as the Town of Dennis at – www.town.dennis.ma.us  -Thank you - Stay well and Stay Safe.  


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/12/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/11/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/8/2020. Click Here


Dennis Transfer Station Updates 5/8/20

Effective Saturday, May 9, 2020, the Dennis Transfer Station Scale House will be open and accept cash and fee-based items, as follows:

Bags /Barrels of trash – (33 Gal. Maximum), Dehumidifier, Microwave, Air Conditioner, Car and Truck Tires, Carpet Bundled 4’X12”, Sink, Toilet, Upholstered Chair, Washer, Dryer, Refrigerator, Freezer, Stove,     Water Heater, TV, Laptop, Computer, Computer Monitor, Sofa, Couch, Love Seat, Residential and Commercial     Mattress and Box Springs, Propane Tanks over 20 lbs., Yard Waste, Demolition Debris, and Scrap Metal.

The General Recycling area will remain closed to the public. Staff are developing a plan to open recycling.

The following items can be included in the trash until further notice:

Newspaper, cardboard, Glass, Plastics #1-#7, Aluminum, Books, Clothing Donations and Food Waste Compost.

The Dennis Transfer Station will be open Wednesday 7am-4pm, Thursday-Saturday 8am-4pm and Sunday 8am-5pm.

Please check the Town of Dennis Website (www.town.dennis.ma.us) for fees and additional information or contact the Department of Public Works at 508-760-6220.


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/7/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/6/2020. Click Here


Updates on COVID-19  5-6-2020
Face Coverings and Cloth Masks
On May 1, 2020 Governor Baker issued an order effective May 6, 2020 requiring any person over the age of 2 to wear a face covering in a place that is open to the public, whether indoor or outdoor, where they are unable to or does not maintain a distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or face covering. https://www.mass.gov/doc/may-1-2020-masks-and-face-coverings/download.
Information published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicates a significant number of individuals infected with coronavirus do not have symptoms and also, that transmission of the virus can occur during the period immediately before an infected individual exhibits recognizable symptoms of disease
The MDPH reported wearing a face covering or mask is an additional step individuals could take to protect themselves and other, more vulnerable members of our population, from infection with this virus. MDPH reported a face covering, including anything that covers your nose and mouth such as a dust mask, a bandana or a scarf, can be effective when it is snugly fit, secured by ties or ear loops, includes multiple layers of fabric and can be laundered and machine dried without damage.
The Dennis Board of Health is advocating for the use of Face Coverings and/or Cloth Masks by all residents and visitors in the Town of Dennis. Instructions on how to make and care for a cloth mask can be found at the CDC’s website at the following web address: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth...
Please note that all employees of the Town will be required to wear a face mask/covering when in common areas of any Town building.
Though public health experts recommend the wearing of face coverings as an additional measure of protection, it is important to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains critical to slowing the spread of the virus. In addition to wearing a cloth mask, you should continue to practice proven methods of protection including:

• Practice social distancing at all times by remaining 6 feet away from others whe  you must leave your home for essential trips.
• Stay home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with others;
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
• Use an alcohol based hand gel with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
• Clean things that are frequently touched (like doorknobs and countertops); and
• Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.

If you have questions regarding this advisory, please consult the Town of Dennis website or, feel free to contact us directly at 508-760-6158; or by e-mail at the following e-mail address:
[email protected]


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/5/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/4/2020. Click Here


Reminders on Boating Guidance
Boating and various other marine and inland waterway related activities | Download Here
Coastal Boat Ramps User Guidelines| Download Here
Inland Boat Ramp/Canoe Launch Guidelines | Download Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/3/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/2/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 5/1/2020. Click Here


Baker-Polito Administration Orders Use of Mask or Face Covering in Public, Announces Increased Community Health Center COVID-19 Testing Capacity Full Release


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/30/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/29/2020. Click Here


Updates on COVID-19  4-29-20
Notice to the General Public
As of today, there are 820 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Barnstable County. 51 of those cases are within the Town of Dennis, as well as 9 deaths.
Yesterday, April 28th, 2020 the Governor extended the Essential Services Order through May 18. This includes the MDPH stay at home advisory.
A Reopening Advisory Board comprised of public officials, leaders of the business community and municipal government across the Commonwealth has been formed.  This Board is charged with advising the administration on strategies to reopen the economy in phases based on health and safety metrics. It will meet with key stakeholders and solicit input from a variety of constituencies over the next three weeks to develop a report by May 18th that will include DPH approved workplace safety standards, industry frameworks and customer protocols and guidelines, including enforcement mechanisms and coordination with municipal leaders. This report is due on the 18th, but the Governor has made it clear that public health data and guidance from health care experts will dictate the timeline of the re-opening process.
The Department of Health and Human Services published information regarding their Contact Tracing Collaborative to enable comprehensive public health follow-up.  This was initiated as an additional measure to control the spread of the virus.  Individuals working in this capacity will request demographic information including name, date of birth, address, race, ethnicity and phone number.  They will not request SSN or health insurance numbers.  Calls from the MA COVID Team will be identified as 833-638-1685 or 857-305-2728.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has created a COVID-19 dashboard that is updated daily. The dashboard includes daily and cumulative confirmed cases, cases by hospital, county, testing by date, deaths, hospital capacity, and nursing home data.
The State Advisory still advocates for Social Distancing, Stay Home except for Essential Activities.  If you go out for Essential Needs Avoid crowds, Stay 6 feet away from others, Don’t shake hands or hug and Wear a face covering or mask if physical distancing is not possible.
For the most up to date information on COVID-19 visit the MA Department of Public Health website at-www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19#printable-fact-sheets,  or Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/index.html., as well as the Town of Dennis at – www.town.dennis.ma.us  - Thank you for your cooperation during this trying time.


Please see important update from from Mass Department of Public Health on community tracing - See Update


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/28/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/27/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/26/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/25/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/24/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/23/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/22/2020. Click Here


Updates on COVID-19
Notice to the General Public
Currently there are 24 residents within the Town that are confirmed positive cases, and 7 fatalities. Thirteen of those confirmed cases are reported at South Dennis Healthcare as documented by the Massachusetts infectious disease surveillance and case management system. There have been 10 cases of confirmed coronavirus patients that have recovered. This is a rapidly changing situation and the numbers continue to change frequently. 
Increased testing through the efforts of Cape Cod Healthcare and the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee has resulted in the gradual increase of positive cases. This is consistent with the trend on Cape Cod.
In early April, the Commonwealth announced a COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative. The goal is to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. The collaborative team will be reaching out via phone to both confirmed positive patients as well as their close contacts to help shut down virus exposure points before they happen. Phone calls will use the prefix 833 and 857 and your phone will say the call is from MA COVID TEAM. Calls will be made daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has created a COVID-19 dashboard that is updated daily. The dashboard includes daily and cumulative confirmed cases, cases by hospital, county, testing by date, deaths, hospital capacity, nursing home data, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) distribution.
Please continue to stay home, only going out for essentials. If you do need to go out, please follow the guidance set forth by the CDC as well as the MDPH and wear a facemask. Continue to social distance. Wash your hands often, and stay home if you are sick.
To find more information on the online dashboard as well as the most up to date information on COVID-19, please visit the MDPH website at www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19#-printable-fact-sheets as well as the Town of Dennis website at www.town.dennis.ma.us.


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/21/2020. Click Here


Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Dashboard | View Site


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/20/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/19/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/18/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/17/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/16/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/15/2020. Click Here


Health Department Press Release 6
Town of Dennis –Updates on COVID-19
Notice to the General Public

Currently, there are 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Town of Dennis and 3 deaths. There have been however, seven cases of confirmed coronavirus patients that have recovered.
Continue to stay home – only going out for essential needs. If you do go out, follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control as well as the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and wear a facemask. People who show no symptoms of illness may still be able to spread COVID-19. A face covering may help prevent you from spreading this virus to other people. In addition to wearing a cloth mask you should continue to practice proven methods to protect yourself.
Cape Cod Healthcare, in partnership with Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment and Cape Cod Commission, have announced a new online COVID-19 community alert heatmap system showing numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus 2019) at a detailed geographic level within Barnstable County. The data represents running totals, and individual zip code level data for participating towns. The data will be updated daily and will be classified using three color codes representing infection risk potential. 

COVID-19 community alert heatmap system will be available on the following websites:

Cape Cod Commission: https://capecodcommission.org/our-work/cape-cod-covid19     
Cape Cod Healthcare: https://www.capecodhealth.org/covid-cases
Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment: https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/case-numbers-and-figures

MDPH has posted new guidance for –
            Non-Healthcare Essential Service Worker Exposure Guidance
            Updated Residential and Congregate Care Guidance (April 14)
            COVID-19 Essential Services FAQs

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 visit the MA Department of Public Health website at-www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronaviru... or Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/index.html., as well as the Town of Dennis at – www.town.dennis.ma.us.


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/14/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/13/2020. Click Here


Due date for Real Estate and Personal Property has been extended until June 1
This is a formal notice to the taxpayers of the Town of Dennis.  The due date for Real Estate and Personal Property has been extended until no later than June 1, 2020.  This local option was voted by the Select Board on April 13, 2020.
The Select Board voted to extend the due date for Exemption and Deferral Applications from April 1, 2020 to no later than June 1, 2020.  This includes Clause: 37-blind, 41C-Elderly, 42-Surviving Spouse-Police, 43-Surviving Spouse-Fire, Veteran’s 22, 22A, 22B, 22E, 22D and 22F.


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/12/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/11/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/10/2020. Click Here


Code Red from Health Director April 8, 2020...Read More


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/9/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/8/2020. Click Here


Town Administrator Report to Select Board – April 7, 2020 Meeting


This update provides information on grocery store operations and occupancy limits, the nursing home mobile testing program, and the nursing home family resource line.

Grocery Store Occupancy
On yesterday’s conference call with local boards, we announced that the Department of Public Health issued an emergency order regarding grocery store operations and occupancy limits.  The order sets maximum permissible occupancy limits and provides other guidance.

Nursing Home Testing and Resource Line
Press Release (April 7, 2020): Baker-Polito Administration Announces Increased Resources For Health Care Providers, Expanded Support For Long-Term Care Facilities, COVID-19 Testing Initiatives

Nursing Home Mobile Testing Program: Building on efforts to protect high-risk populations like older adults, the Baker-Polito Administration has launched a program to allow for safe, rapid on-site testing of residents of long-term care facilities like nursing homes and rest homes. The initiative is being completed as a partnership between the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts National Guard and the testing being conducted by the BROAD institute. So far, the National Guard has been deployed to 80 facilities across the state and has completed more than 1,300 tests since this program started last week. Starting yesterday, DPH worked to expand the program by providing an option for places to use their on-site medical personnel to collect specimens and send them to the state lab for testing. DPH issued new guidance to nursing homes and rest homes with recommendations aimed at protecting the health of residents and health care workers and mitigating the risk of transmission of COVID-19, both inside and outside of these facilities.

Nursing Home Resource Line: The Baker-Polito Administration also announced the launch of a new Nursing Home Family Resource Line, a dedicated telephone line that will connect family members of nursing home and rest home residents with the information and resources they need. This resource was created so that family and community members have one central contact that they can reach out to if they have questions or concerns about the care their loved one is receiving during the COVID-19 outbreak. The line is staffed from 9 AM – 5 PM, seven days a week. Staff will coordinate across state agencies to help callers find answers to their questions. Families and community members can call the line at (617) 660-5399.


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/7/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/6/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/5/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/4/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/3/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/2/2020. Click Here


State of Massachusetts Extending the Operation of COVID-19 Order No. 13 View Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 4/1/2020. Click Here


Town Administrator Report to Select Board – March 31, 2020 Meeting
COVID-19 Updates
Good evening –As you may know, yesterday Town of Dennis Health Director, Kristen Keller, issued a Code Red with important updates regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation the Town of Dennis continues to face.
Currently there are 191 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Barnstable County, 5 of which are in the Town of Dennis.
Please be advised, that while the beaches within the Town remain open, if social distancing is not practiced, and more than 10 are gathering, stricter measures will be taken.
The Town of Dennis Golf Courses remain closed to the public.
Town owned playgrounds, basketball, pickleball and tennis courts are closed for play.
Town Hall is closed to the public;
The Council on Aging staff is abiding by social and physical distancing protocols while providing essential services to meet the needs of vulnerable residents navigating through this global health crisis. Please see our website for more information on services provided; including Meals on Wheels and social support.
Department of Public Works Headquarters and the Transfer Station Gatehouse are closed to the public.  The Transfer Station is open for household trash, grass and leaves only.  Recycling area is closed and fee-based items are not being accepted, including brush, construction demolition and white goods.
The Dennis Fire Department buildings are closed to the public.
The Dennis Police Department is reminding everyone to use 911 for emergencies.  They have asked that citizens avoid coming into the Police Department lobby for non-emergencies. 
The Governor has also issued a stay at home advisory. Only leave your home to address essential needs, get some fresh air and exercise, and if you do, avoid unnecessary contact with other individuals.  And just this afternoon Governor Baker extended that Order until May 4th.
Governor Asks People to Avoid Traveling to MA, Self-Quarantine for 14 Days if Coming Governor Baker today asked that people avoid traveling to Massachusetts if possible and urged those that must come into the state to self-quarantine for 14 days. The order does not apply to essential workers and emergency personnel. Starting last Friday, staff at Logan International Airport, South Station and other transportation hubs commenced handing out flyers with guidance about the quarantines. Electronic road signs have been placed along the Massachusetts Turnpike, Interstate 84 and other major highways.
State Pushes Tax Filing Deadline to July 15 Governor Baker announced last week that the state tax filing deadline will be postponed to July 15th. Individuals with questions or concerns regarding taxes can contact the Massachusetts Department of Revenue at (617) 887-6367 or send a secure e-message through MassTaxConnect. Read more here: https://www.mass.gov/news/massachusetts-announces-state-income-tax-filing-deadline-being-extended-to-july-15
As a reminder, town data is updated daily on our Facebook page and Town of Dennis website and publicly released each week. To find the most recent information please visit, www.town.dennis.ma.us/home/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information

As a reminder we ask you to practice SOCIAL DISTANCING by:
• Avoiding groups of people and large events (the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say no more than 10 people)
• Staying six feet away from other people, when possible
• Skipping handshakes, hugs, and high-fives
• Using online transactions
• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
• Staying home if you are sick
• Businesses, organizations, universities, school districts and all non-essential municipal services are all closed

You are being asked to do this because social distancing helps to slow the spread of COVID-19 and can help to prevent overwhelming of our medical facilities.  Even if you do not fall into a high-risk category, consider that many others do.  We all play a part in public health.
The Town of Dennis is doing all that we can to protect our residents, staff, and Community.  There is hope, and together we will get through this.
We are focused on responding to a multitude of urgent issues that arise—from holding remote public meetings, to keeping our staff safe and healthy, to making difficult decisions to close vital public spaces.  However, as we focus on response even as the crisis is upon us, we must think beyond.  I will continue to update and advise the Board and the community on what critical steps may be necessary in Dennis’ recovery and restoration process as it pertains to our local receipts and revenues, municipal operating budget, our upcoming Town Meeting and local Election and recent legislative actions that have been taken.  These are all critical items that will be discussed as well as others, by the Select Board.
COVID-19 is truly a response marathon not a sprint which will then be followed by a recovery marathon. We are all in for a long duration response and recovery event and a marathon that everyone will partake on both in our professional and personal lives.
I am thankful and proud of the dedication of your public service employees; the work being done in response to this crisis on a daily basis is inspiring.   This is also a crisis that puts all our responders at risk.  Some staff will get sick and will have sick family members.  Please know the Emergency Operations Team, Department Managers and essential staff are working tirelessly to protect, support, and lead the Community through the developing COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you and please stay well,
Elizabeth C. Sullivan
Town Administrator


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 3/31/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 3/30/2020. Click Here


Letter from Eversource
March 30, 2020
To our Chamber of Commerce and business leaders:
During this challenging time for all of us, Eversource is providing several measures that will lessen the financial hardship on all our customers, including small businesses—the backbone of our communities.
In addition to postponing customer disconnections for non-payment and assisting customers with financial programs to help pay their bill, Eversource is also providing extended payment arrangements for small business customers. 
In normal operations, small business customers get up to three months for bill payment arrangements. To support small business customers through the COVID-19 crisis, Eversource is offering a $0 down payment and a 12-month payment arrangement, with the first payment not due until June 1.
The reliability of our essential service has never been more important than it is today during these uncertain times. With many people working from home, and students studying remotely, customers are increasingly relying on electronic devices to accomplish their goals.
Throughout the health crisis, be assured that Eversource is taking strict personal and public safety measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 while also performing essential tasks to ensure all our customers have a safe and reliable energy system.
Essential work is that which maintains or improves the condition of our energy system to ensure safe and reliable service to customers. Examples include replacement of electrical lines, poles, and other equipment; installation of automated switches that speed restoration of customers following an outage; new utility connections; vegetation management along electric lines; repair of natural gas leaks; replacement and upgrade of natural gas lines and other equipment; and work mandated by law or regulation or as required by regional electric grid operator ISO-New England.
During this time, we are rescheduling all planned outages, as well as routine non-outage, service-related work inside residence or business. We are also reducing non-critical field work in our gas operations that requires access to homes or businesses.
Eversource is proud to be part of the communities we serve, and we are committed to serving all our customers during this difficult and uncertain time.
Best,
Penelope McLean-Conner
Sr. Vice President & Chief Customer Officer


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 3/29/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 3/28/2020. Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 3/27/2020. Click Here


Updates on COVID-19 Notice to the General Public 3/27/20
The Town of Dennis was notified today of its first confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19). All proper protocols, including contact investigation and notification, are being followed by the Visiting Nurses Association of Cape Cod in coordination with the Dennis Health Department. Close contacts of the positive case have been notified by the Visiting Nurses Association and are following CDC guidelines for self-quarantine. Due to privacy laws, no further details about the patient will be provided.
To prevent the spread of the virus, wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use the inside of your elbow to cover coughs and sneezes.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.  Staying home will reduce your risk of becoming sick.
It is important that people maintain a social distance of 6 feet.
More information is provided on this rapidly changing public health emergency on the town’s web site at www.town.dennis.ma.us .
Please contact your local healthcare provider if you are not feeling well.  If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone regarding COVID-19 the MA Department of Public Health can be
reached dialing 2-1-1.
For the most up to date information on COVID-19 visit the MA Department of Public Health website at-www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19#-printable-fact-sheets or Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 3/26/2020. Click Here


Town Administrator Report to Select Board March 24, 2020 Meeting - See Report


Notice to Residents - Town Department Contacts - Link


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 3/25/2020. Click Here


Guidance on the Continuation of Ongoing Construction Projects.  Link


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 3/24/2020.  Click Here


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 3/23/2020.  Click Here


Letter from Eversource
March 24, 2020
Dear Community/Elected Official,
Thank you
for your leadership during this unprecedented time and working closely with us to support our mission to deliver safe, reliable electric, natural gas, and water service.
The reliability of our essential service has never been more important than it is today during these uncertain times. Critical facilities like hospitals and nursing homes need uninterrupted service to care for their patients. Many people are working from home, and students are studying remotely, relying on electronic devices to accomplish their goals.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently published a list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state and local officials identify the critical functions that should continue normal operations, appropriately modified to account for Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  guidance, as they work to protect their communities. Electric, gas and water utility employees are identified as members of the critical essential workforce.
Following up on our communication last week outlining our steps to address the concerns of our employees, customers and the communities we serve, we want to assure you that we remain open for business – continuing essential work to ensure reliability and preparing to respond to emergencies under our COVID-19 pandemic plan.

What is essential work? Essential work includes any work that maintains or improves the condition of our system and supports our foundational mission of safe, reliable energy service, such as:

  • replacement of electrical lines, poles, and other equipment
  • installation of automated switches that speed restoration of customers following an outage
  • new utility connections
  • vegetation management along electric lines, as trees remain the biggest threat to our system in New England
  • repair of natural gas leaks
  • replacement and upgrade of natural gas lines and other equipment
  • and work mandated by law or regulation.

Essential work is not the same as emergency or emergent work, which is in response to a specific and unexpected outage or other need. We also stand ready to tackle emergency work as it arises.
The work that is not currently being performed includes any non-critical field work that requires access to homes or businesses like energy efficiency in-house visits, meter relocations (inside to outside) and exchanges, and natural gas sales appointments. We have also postponed all business travel, large meetings and employee gatherings and continue to require any employee whose job can be done remotely to work from home.
As we carry out this work to ensure that our customers and communities have the safe, reliable energy service they need, we continue to do so with a focus on social distancing, hygiene, and other best practices to safeguard health and avoid the spread of COVID-19.

  • We have adopted social distancing best practices at our call centers and for field work, keeping a minimum of a six-foot distance between employees as much as possible.
  • We have dispersed our workforce into smaller units in the field to create separation at service centers.
  • We have implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitation processes for our facilities and vehicles.
  • We have protocols in place to address any reports of potential employee illness or exposure.

We are also integrating all of these measures into our emergency response planning as part of our COVID-19 pandemic plan. While we have not seen a widespread outage due to weather or other emergency since the emergence of this pandemic, as New Englanders we know that it is only a matter of when – not if – our weather will pose a threat to the electric system.
Moving forward, we remain committed to keeping open the lines of communication with you, our community leaders. We will continue to provide regular updates on efforts to maintain reliability, support our customers and protect health during this challenging time – including restoration work in the event of an outage, potential workforce disruptions or anything else as it may arise. 
Thank you again for your continued partnership to serve the public. Please reach out to me at any time with your questions or concerns.


3/23/20 
Town of Dennis – Updates on COVID-19
Governor Orders Closure of Non-Essential Businesses
On March 10, 2020, Governor Charles D. Baker declared a state of emergency due to the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (“COVID-19”).  On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization characterized the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic prompting Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) to recommend implementation of community mitigation strategies, including the cancellation of large events and urging residents of the Commonwealth to practice social distancing when outside of their homes.
On March 16, 2020, Governor Baker issued an Order temporarily closing all public and private elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth, excluding residential and day schools for special needs students. 
On March 18, 2020, Governor Baker issued an Order temporarily closing all child care programs in the Commonwealth, authorizing the Department of Early Education and Care to issue policies and guidance for the creation and oversight of emergency child care programs to establish measures to address the child care needs of essential workers.  
Today, March 23, 2020, Governor Baker has issued an Order Maintaining Operation of COVID-19 Essential Services and Workforces and Temporary Closure of Other Businesses and Organizations.  This order prohibits gathering of more than 10 people throughout the Commonwealth.  Gatherings subject to this Order include, without limitation, community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based, or sporting events, concerts, conferences, conventions, fundraisers, parades, fairs, festivals, weddings, funerals, and any similar event or activity that brings together more than 10 persons in any confined indoor or outdoor space. 
This limitation does not apply to the operations or activities of any business or organization providing COVID-19 Essential Services including but not limited to medical professionals and caregivers; law enforcement, public safety personnel and first responders; workers supporting food and agricultural services including grocers, pharmacies or other retail establishments that sell food and beverage products or provide restaurant take-out and/or delivery services; energy industry workers; water and wastewater operators; transportation or logistics providers; public works; communication and information technology providers; critical manufacturing industry workers; hazardous material handling providers; providers of financial services; chemical or defense industry based, community based, essential functions or government operations.
This order also does not prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people in an unenclosed space such as a park, athletic field, or parking lot.  However, athletic and recreational activities that bring participants into close, physical contact are prohibited, even when involving 10 or fewer people, regardless of where the activity is conducted.  This order also does not apply to residential schools for special needs students; or the operation of child care programs in the Commonwealth, which are providing child care services for Essential Staff. 
The Town of Dennis has organized an Emergency Management Team, comprised of senior leaders typically involved with emergency planning, including the Health Department.  This team is meeting weekly to plan and implement a local response.  To date, local response has included the following measures:

 

  • Town Hall is closed to the public; only essential personnel are to report to work.
  • Town owned playgrounds, basketball, pickleball and tennis courts are closed. The public is free to utilize open space at all town owned parks and beaches as long as individuals are strictly adhering to the MDPH guidelines for social distancing. 
  • Department of Public Works Headquarters and the Transfer Station Gatehouse are closed to the public.  Effective March 21, 2020, Transfer Station operations are limited to household trash and leaf collection only.  Compost and mulch is available with social distancing practices in place.  The Transfer Station will not be accepting recyclables, construction demolition, brush,  white goods, or any other fee based items.  REMINDER: Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • The Dennis Police Department is reminding everyone to use 911 for emergencies.  They have asked that citizens avoid coming into the Police Department lobby for non-emergencies.  In addition, they are asking anyone calling 911 or the business lines for police, fire or EMS assistance requiring a response to your residence or place of business to advise the Communication Officers if you are experiencing flu like symptoms or suspect you may have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is under quarantine.  
  • The Dennis Fire Department buildings are closed to the public.  All non-emergency activities have been temporarily suspended including blood pressure screenings and smoke and CO detector inspections.  Burn permits will be issued over the phone by calling 508-398-0363.

As of March 22, 2020, there are 646 confirmed cases in Massachusetts, including 24 in Barnstable County.  On March 16, 2020, Cape Cod Health Care and the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment (BCDHE) began a drive-through COVID-19 test site at Cape Cod Community College.  Instructions for obtaining testing can be found at the following link to the BCDHE website: https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/covid-19/latest-updates-and-info.  Please note, you must have a doctor’s order to obtain testing. 

Massachusetts Residents can call 2-1-1 to learn more about COVID-19 prevention, symptoms, treatment, information about testing, and guidance for people planning or returning from travel.  This service is available 24/7 in multiple languages.  https://www.barnstablecountyhealth.org/covid-19/latest-updates-and-info

Additional guidance for businesses, health care providers and educations can be found at the following link on the MDPH website: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-guidance-and-directives


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 3/22/2020.  Click Here


DPW Headquarters and Transfer Station Gatehouse continue to be closed to the public.
Transfer Station Operations are limited to household trash only. All cash transactions have ceased.  The Transfer Station is no longer accepting recyclables, construction and demolition, brush or any other fee-based items.  Individuals with these items are referred to S & J Exco on Great Western Avenue.


COVID Response Command Center Situation Report for 3/21/2020.  Click Here


COVID-19 Update #3 Declaration of Emergency 3/20/2020
On March 10, 2020 Governor Baker announced that the state of Massachusetts was herby in a State of Emergency due to the escalating public health concerns due to the Novel Coronavirus outbreak (“aka “COVID-19).  On March 15th further measures were taken to limit any gatherings to 25 persons and prohibit restaurants and bars from serving food on-premises until April 6th. Food offered for takeout or delivery is currently allowed. This order also excludes grocery stores and pharmacies.

As the COVID-19 situation has evolved so to has the response from the Town of Dennis to limit the risk of community transmission, and to ensure essential services remain available to the residents of the Town of Dennis.  All Town of Dennis municipal buildings have been closed until further notice.  Residents have been encouraged to utilize the Town website for updates, and to conduct business by phone and/or e-mail if possible.
The Town of Dennis has now declared a local declaration of emergency to assure that we can obtain State and Federal assistance if necessary, effective today, March 20, 2020.

Due the continued escalation in cases of COVID-19 we now find it necessary to further reduce the risk to the public, emergency responders and preserve administrative functions of the Town.  To that end we now find it necessary to reduce our staffing level to minimize the exposure risk.  Effective at the close of the business day on Friday 20th we will be operating with only those staff members critical to essential functions.  Whenever possible we will utilize tele-conferencing, email, and other remote participation measures.  This interim measure will be in effect until April 6, 2020 or as amended.

Starting Monday, March 23, we will close offices completely with staff staying home and working remotely, where possible.  Only department heads whose duties are critical to on-going, limited Town operations will be working from Town buildings.  Other staff should only work from Town buildings when required by your department head, as some essential services will need to continue.  The Town is hopeful by taking these actions now we can reduce the impacts due to this public emergency and be able to restore some semblance of normalcy in the near future.

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, practice social distancing, avoid large groups and continue handwashing for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you are sick. Please contact your local healthcare provider if you are not feeling well.  If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone regarding COVID-19 the MA Department of Public Health can be reached dialing 2-1-1.
For the most up to date information on COVID-19 visit the MA Department of Public Health website at-www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19#-printable-fact-sheets or Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Updated information will be posted on the Town of Dennis website at www.town.dennis.ma.us


March 18, 2020
COVID-19 Testing Procedure with Outer Cape Health Services - Link


March 17, 2020
Instructions for Receiving COVID-19 Testing....Read More
BCDHE Link


The Dennis Health Department, Council on Aging, and the Visiting Nurses Association of Cape Cod Power Point Presentation - View File


March 16, 2020

Health Department
Governor Bakers announcement March 15th, will take effect Tuesday March 17th, which will limit the number of people to 25 for any gatherings. Any restaurant, bar or establishments that offers food or drink will not be allowed to serve food on-premises and will continue through April 6, 2020. Food offered for takeout or delivery will be allowed. This order excludes grocery stores and pharmacies.
As the COVID-19 situation evolves the goal of the Department of Public Health and the Town of Dennis is to limit the risk of community transmission, and to ensure essential services remain available to the residents of the Town of Dennis. 
The Health Department continues to follow guidance protocols established by the MA Department of Public Health, as well as the Centers for Disease Control, and will continue to provide updated information related to COVID-19 as it is received on the Town of Dennis website.
On March 14, 2020, Cape Cod Health Care reported the first confirmed case of COVID -19 in Barnstable County.  At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Town of Dennis. 
This situation will continue in the communities across the Commonwealth. To help slow the spread, practice social distancing, avoid large groups and continue handwashing for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water, covering your coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you are sick. 
Please contact your local healthcare provider if you are not feeling well and have respiratory symptoms.  If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone regarding COVID-19, you can now dial 2-1-1 where you will hear an automated menu of options. Press 2-6 for Coronavirus.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is providing staff to answer your questions. 2-1-1 will work for both cell phones and landlines. 
All Town of Dennis Municipal Buildings will be closed to the public at 4:30PM on Monday, March 16th until further notice. The Water District offices are also closed.  We encourage residents to utilize the Town website, and to conduct business by phone or email of possible. 

Closure of Municipal Buildings due to COVID-19
Based upon the most recent statewide restrictions outlined by Governor Baker’s order regarding public gatherings and social distancing protocols the Town of Dennis has taken the following precautions to protect the safety and health of our community:

  • All municipal buildings are closed until further notice for public access.  This includes both the Pines and Highlands Golf Courses, the Senior Center, Town Library as well as all other public buildings.
  • Town facility rentals are cancelled.  Rental of all town facilities by private entities for events, functions, and programming is cancelled until further notice.
  • The transfer station will be open, but will limit operations to essential functions, only household trash and recycling – no pay items will be received, the gatehouse will be closed.
  • All non-regulatory board and committee meetings are cancelled until further notice.
  • Continuation of functions are being evaluated and information will be forthcoming as soon as the information is available.  Please take advantage of on-line services were applicable.
  • Policies regarding essential regulatory board and committee meetings are being evaluated and information will be forthcoming as soon as the information is available.

Dennis Police Department Protocol
The Dennis Police Department is asking anyone that dials 911 or calls the business lines for police, fire or EMS assistance (emergent or non-emergent) requiring a response to your residence, place of business or other location, please advise the Communications Officers or call takers if you are experiencing any flu like symptoms, suspect you may have been in contact with someone that may have been or has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus (aka. Coronavirus) or are under any quarantine. This is requested in an effort to keep the public and our responders safe.

Until further notice we are asking citizens to avoid coming into the lobby of the Police Department unless in the case of an emergency. If your situation can be resolved with a phone call to a Police Officer at the station, please call the department’s business line at 508-394-1315. Always use 911 for all emergencies and medical calls.  Some examples of calls for service for which a report may be taken over the telephone are:

  • Civil matters
  • Calls for advice
  • Credit card and identity theft
  • Minor vandalism
  • Animal control matters that don’t constitute a public safety threat

The Dennis Police Department will always respond immediately to 911 emergencies and calls for service.  We at the Dennis Police Department thank all of you for your assistance during this public health emergency and want everyone to know that we will always be here to help when needed.

Dennis Fire Department Protocol

  • The Fire Department Headquarters lobby at 883 Main Street, West Dennis and Station 2 located at 1015 Old Bass River Road, Dennis will be open for emergencies. 
  • Oil Burner permits may be obtained at the Fire Department Headquarters.
  • Brush burning permits will be issued only at Fire Department Headquarters but can be issued over the phone by calling 508-398-0363
  • All other non-emergency services such as blood pressures will be suspended until further notice.

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Baker-Polito Administration are working closely with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to activate the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program which would provide assistance to eligible businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19......Read More


March 15, 2020
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Emergency Actions to Address COVID-19
Governor announces emergency on three week school closures, prohibiting gatherings of 25 of more....Read More 


March 15, 2020
Thank you for your commitment to social distancing and COVID-19.  
This is a situation that will continue in communities across the Commonwealth. You can help slow the spread of this virus by maintaining social distancing, avoiding large groups and continuing with hand washing and observing good personal hygiene.

Town Buildings are open and may offer some limited services.  As you plan to conduct Town business please call (directory: https://www.town.dennis.ma.us/departments​) or use online services before choosing to come in person.  Please see our list of available online services here: https://www.town.dennis.ma.us/home/pages/online-services

If you are not feeling well and have respiratory symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider by phone. If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone about the coronavirus please dial Massachusetts 2-1-1 where you will hear an automated menu of options and press 2-6 for coronavirus. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is providing staff to answer your questions.  2-1-1 works from both cell phones and landlines.


Mass 2-1-1
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announces the launch of 2-1-1 to provide COVID-19 information and referrals 24/7. Massachusetts 2-1-1 will now provide real-time COVID-19 information, resources, and referrals in multiple languages. This expansion is the result of an increased investment in resources directed towards this 24-hour state supported telephone hotline. Residents with questions should call 2-1-1 from any landline or cellphone. Callers dialing 2-1-1 will hear an automated menu of options. Callers press 2-6 for Coronavirus. Residents can also reach 2-1-1 through a live chat option on the Massachusetts 2-1-1 website. https://mass211.org



March 12, 2020 Press Release
Updates on COVID-19
The goal of the Department of Public Health and the Town of Dennis is to limit the risk of community transmission of COVID-1, and to ensure essential services remain available for the residents of the Town of Dennis as the situation evolves.
Part of our efforts include the organization of our Emergency Management Team comprised of members typically involved with emergency planning, including the Health Department.
The Health Department continues to follow guidance protocols established by the MA Department of Public Health, as well as the Center for Disease Control, and will continue to provide updated information related to COVID-19 as it is received on the Town of Dennis website. 
To help protect yourself against cold viruses and any types of influenza viruses including COVID-19,

Remember:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your face (nose, mouth, eyes) with your hands to prevent the spread of germs
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes by using your elbow versus your hands
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • As a general practice, wipe down work and home frequently used surfaces on a regular basis with a disinfectant wipe.

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 visit the MA Department of Public Health website at- www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19#-printable-fact-sheets or Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

All updated information will be posted on the Town of Dennis website at www.town.dennis.ma.us


March 4, 2020 Press Release
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses and are generally spread through droplets from coughs and sneezes of an infected person to another person. Information about how this novel coronavirus spreads is still limited, however, the health risk to Massachusetts residents is LOW.  As of today, there is one confirmed case in Massachusetts in the Boston area. On March 2, 2020, the MA Department of Public Health announced its first presumptive positive case in the Norfolk County Area. Further testing is being done at the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and ,if confirmed, this will be the second confirmed positive case in Massachusetts since the outbreak started in the US in January.  The highest risk remains for those individuals who travel to or have direct contact with those individuals who have recently travelled to China.  MA Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control are actively monitoring any individuals who are entering the country after visiting international destinations with confirmed cases of COVID19.
The Dennis Health Department is actively participating in conference calls with MA Department of Public Health on a regular basis and will continue to do so to provide the public with the most up-to-date information.
To help protect yourself against cold viruses and any types of influenza viruses including COVID19,

REMEMBER:
Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
Avoid touching your face (nose, mouth, eyes)  with your hands to prevent the spread of germs
Cover your coughs and sneezes by using your elbow versus your hands
Stay home if you are sick.  Notify your primary care physician if you are experiencing a fever or respiratory symptoms AND have recently travelled internationally.  Your doctor will advise you based on your history and symptoms.
As a general good practice, wipe down your work (and frequently used home) surfaces on a regular basis with a disinfectant wipe.  Most products that we currently use are effective against most viruses and bacteria including Coronaviruses, Cold and Influenza viruses.

DON’T PANIC
For the most up-to-date information on the CORONAVIRUS, visit MA Department of Public Health website at  www.mass.gov/guides/information-on-the-outbreak-of-2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19#-printable-fact-sheets-  or Center for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

For information on WORKPLACE PROTOCOLS, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html