COVID-19 Community Resources

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COVID-19 dominates the news, with updates daily. My goal with this page is to share information from our district. We have contacted local officials, COAs, libraries, etc to learn where residents from the 2nd Essex district can turn for resources. We will continue to update this page with useful information as we receive it; feel free to contact us with questions, or with any updates you want to share. 

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Massachusetts Reopening Plan


Massachusetts is operating under a phased reopening plan. We are currently in the third of four phases. This third phase is divided into two steps, of which we are currently in the first. When phases start and end is determined by public health metrics, so there is no date yet set for when the next phase will begin.

Businesses Eligible to be Re-Opened in Phase III

  • Movie theaters and outdoor performance venues

  • Museums, cultural and historical sites

  • Fitness centers and health clubs

  • Certain indoor recreational activities with low potential for contact

  • Professional sports teams, under league-wide rules, may hold games without spectators


  • Under the updated gatherings order, indoor gatherings are limited to eight people per 1,000 square feet, but should not exceed 25 people in a single enclosed, indoor space




Human and Health Services

  • In Phase III, health care providers may continue to provide in-person procedures and services as allowed in Phase II, with the addition of certain group treatment programs and day programs. These programs include adult day health, day habilitation programs, and substance abuse services day treatment and outpatient services

  • Visitation guidelines have been updated for 24/7 congregate care facilities and programs overseen by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, including the Departments of Developmental Services, Youth Services, Children and Families, Public Health, Mental Health and the Mass Rehabilitation Commission

  • Read the full guidance here


Recreation and Outdoor

  • All outdoor recreation facilities open

  • Most fishing, hunting, and boating permitted

  • Youth and adult amateur sports allowed under guidelines

  • Professional sports practices allowed (no games nor public admissions)

  • Non-athletic youth instructional classes in arts/education/life skills in groups of 10 or less

  • Outdoor historical spaces (no functions or gatherings or guided tours)


Child Care

  • All child care facilities and day camps can open under guidelines



  • Schedules are adapted. Click here for information about service levels

  • Riders are required to wear masks


K-12 Schools

  • Through the end of the 2019-2020 school year:

    • Schools will remain closed

    • Schools will continue remote teaching

    • Schools will continue offering essential non-educational services


Higher Education

  • Open only for the purposes of completing required courses for graduation


For more information, please visit

Local Resources



NEW AS OF 5/11/20: Selectmen have voted to postpone Town Meeting until September.

Boxford Council on Aging (COA) conducts a shopping expedition for seniors and other homebound residents every Tuesday morning. Please call the COA at 978-887-3591 by 4 PM on Mondays with essential items that are necessary for the week. 

Please check out the Masconomet Health Services page for updates on middle school and high school children


New Municipal Election Date: Boxford  Town Meeting Sept. 2020, Election 6/30/20.




The Georgetown Council on Aging staff members are working remotely from home. To contact the Georgetown COA, please call 978-352-5726 or email

Georgetown schools will have pre-made, grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals for any student who needs them at no cost. Meals can be picked up in the lobby of the Middle High School between 10:00 and 11:00 Monday-Friday. 

For information regarding Georgetown Schools remote learning program, please click here.

New Municipal Election Date: Town Meeting  6/15, Election 6/22.


Merrimack Valley Hope Mission is distributing masks as part of their Sewing Angels Project.

Our team will be volunteering together to help distribute the masks. If you would also like to volunteer please make a request to join the Merrimack Valley Hope Mission Facebook group and learn how you can help with this incredible project.


Town personnel are all working from home, but you can call the COA at (978) 372-1101.  The Groveland COA will continue to provide van rides to necessary medical appointments and offer food pantry delivery to elders in need once a week. 

See Pentucket Regional School District below for grab and go lunch details.

Municipal Election Date: Town Meeting  6/8, Election 6/15.




The Merrimac Senior Center continues to provide meals Monday through Friday. Meals are $3.50 including delivery, but are also available for those who are unable to pay. Call 978-346-9549 by 11:30am on Thursday to order meals for the following week.  


Peggy’s Pantry will continue to deliver food packages on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Please reach out to or to make arrangements. 


See Pentucket Regional School District below for grab and go lunch details


Newbury COA is still offering services for seniors, such as prescription pickup, grocery shopping, etc.  Contact COA Director Maggie O'Malley at

Triton Regional School District has a grab and go breakfast and lunch for any district child who wants or needs them, for the duration of the closure.  

Food Pantries are available in Newbury:

First Parish Of Newbury, 20 High Road, Newbury, MA.

New Municipal Election Dates: Town Meeting 6/9, Election 6/16


West Newbury

The West Newbury Senior Center will deliver food and other essentials to the doorstep of those in need. Please access the West Newbury Neighbor to Neighbor Facebook page to request help, or email directly


You can donate to support the Neighbor to Neighbor effort using this link:

See Pentucket Regional School District below for grab and go lunch details.

New Municipal Election: Town Meeting 6/27


Pentucket Regional School District

Pentucket has partnered with Our Neighbor’s Table—the regional food stability network—that services Merrimac, West Newbury, and Groveland. Our Neighbor’s Table is prepared to provide groceries to ANY family or individual in all three towns and their surrounding service towns.

The Eckert Campaign will host a community conversation with Dr. Justin Bartholomew, Superintendent of Pentucket RSD on 7/22 at 7:00pm via Zoom. Please RSVP online to join this important discussion!



The community meals program at the Senior Center will transition to meals on wheels. Please call the Senior Center at 978-374-2390 for more information. 

Food resources available to Haverhill Residents include: 

All Saints Food Pantry (120 Bellevue Ave, Haverhill) continues to be open on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month from 10am to 12:00pm and on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.


The Liz Murphy Open Hand Pantry (Unitarian Church at 16 Ashland Street, Haverhill) is modifying their procedure to pre-bagging and distributing at the door on Tuesdays, modified hours 4:00 to 6:00pm.


Open Heart Ministries (217 Main Street, Haverhill) is distributing hot meals in to-go containers on Sundays from 2:00-3:00pm. Distribution is at the kitchen door in the back of First Baptist Church




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