The City of Springfield's Health and Human Services Department is currently monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will provide further updates as new developments and relevant information becomes available.
UPDATE - April 9, 2020: MassHire to Hold Springfield Strong Online Job Expo
April 8, 2020: City of Springfield to Adjust Deadline for Tax Relief Applications; Mass. DPH Issued an Emergency Order Regarding Grocery Store Operations and Occupancy Limits; Governor Baker and DPH Updated COVID-19 Essential Services FAQs
April 3, 2020: Mayor Sarno and Health Commissioner Caulton-Harris Issue New Public Health Advisory and Recommendation; Springfield Awards 30 Grants to City Restaurants as Part of the “Prime the Pump” Grant Program; City of Springfield to Adjust Collection Date for 4th Quarter Real Estate Property Taxes
April 2, 2020: Springfield City Council and School Committee Schedule Virtual Meetings; Congressman Richard E. Neal Announces the signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and CDBG Funding for Springfield; Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Extends the Renewal Deadline for Motor Vehicle Registration
April 1, 2020: Springfield Public Schools Add Additional Meal Site and Make Other Announcements
March 31, 2020: Governor Baker Extends Order for Non-Essential Businesses to Remain Closed Until May 4, 2020
March 30, 2020: Mayor Sarno and Police Commissioner Clapprood Announce Partnership with MA State Police; Mayor Sarno gave his Weekly COVID-19 Situational Update; City of Springfield closes and prohibits all active recreational activities; Springfield Public Schools Begin Initiative to Distribute Laptops to Students.
March 27, 2020: Governor Baker Announced New Travel Guidelines; Springfield City Library Announced Services Available; MassDOT-Registry of Motor Vehicles No-Walk-in Policy; City of Springfield Announces Contingency Plan for City’s Homeless Population; Mayor Sarno Signs on to Letter Asking the President and Federal Government to Coordinate Efforts for the Purchasing and Distribution of Medical Equipment; Massachusetts Announces State Income Tax Filing Deadline Being Extended to July 15; Mayor Sarno Petitions HUD for Additional CDBG Funds for Small Business Assistance; Mayor Sarno Announces Request for Massachusetts National Guard
March 26, 2020: City Hall and All Municipal Buildings to Remain Closed to the Public Until May 4, 2020
March 25, 2020: City of Springfield COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Situational Update
March 24, 2020: City of Springfield Office of Planning & Economic Development Resources
March 23, 2020: Governor Baker Issues New Order and Advisory
March 19, 2020: City of Springfield Issues New Public Health Emergency Recommendations
March 18, 2020: City of Springfield Restaurant Grant Program, U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance to Small Businesses, and Western Mass Economic Development Council State and Community Partners Resources
March 17, 2020: Governor Baker Announces Small Business Recovery Loan Fund
March 16, 2020: City Hall and All Municipal Buildings to Close to Pubic
March 13, 2020: City of Springfield Declares State of Emergency
March 11, 2020: Springfield Public Schools
March 10, 2020: Baystate Health COVID-19 Information
March 4, 2020: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
UPDATE (April 9, 2020):
MassHire is holding a no cost online staff recruitment expo on April 28th, 29th & 30th. This event will be promoted through MassHire;s medoa partners 94.7WMAS, WEEI 105.5 and Nash Icon 98.1. Employers can advertise their openings on MassHire's dedicated web page with hyperlinks to job postings, company logo, company description and optional video embed.
JoAnn Miller, Director Business Services
MassHire Springfield Career Center
UPDATE (April 8, 2020):
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno has announced that following Governor Baker signing a Municipal Relief legislation (H4598: An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting from COVID-19), the City of Springfield will adjust the deadline for filing personal exemption and deferral applications to June 1, 2020. The original statutory deadline was April 1, 2020.
Previously, the City of Springfield had adjusted the collection dates for 4th quarter real estate and personal property taxes to June 1, 2020. The original due date was May 1, 2020.
The City of Springfield Assessor’s Office also encourages homeowners, renters and residents 65 years or older to consider applying for the Circuit Breaker Tax Credit as well.
For more information and applications on these statutory abatement exemptions, please visit the city’s Board of Assessors website at www.springfield-ma.gov/finance/assessors or call the Assessor’s Office at (413) 787-6164. Residents can also contact our city’s 311 Call Center at (413) 736-3111.
Please see the attached FY20 Personal Exemption Chart.
On April 7, the Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health issued additional guidance for grocery stores and local boards of health related to the March 25, 2020 Order of the Commissioner regarding grocery stores.
This list of FAQs provided by the Governor's Office addresses many of the submissions received by EOHED relating to “COVID-19 Essential Services” guidance associated with Governor Baker’s March 23, 2020 Emergency Order (which was updated and extended on March 31, 2020).
UPDATE (April 3, 2020):
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno has announced that following Governor Baker signing a Municipal Relief legislation (H4598: An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting from COVID-19), the City of Springfield will adjust the collection date for 4th quarter real estate taxes to June 1, 2020, instead of the original due date of May 1, 2020.
The due date for the collection of real estate taxes is a state statue and any changes required approval by the state Legislature and the Governor.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chief Development Officer Tim Sheehan announced today that 30 grants totaling over $225,000 for restaurants have been awarded as part of the city’s ‘Prime the Pump’ Grant Program in response to the economic crisis resulting from emergency closures due to Covid-19.
The Prime the Pump Program was announced on March 18, 2020. The priority focus being on full service restaurants that needed to begin or expand their takeout and delivery operations to comply with the public health emergency orders and all the restaurants that continued to remain open and keep some of their workers employed. Applications for the available grant funding became available on March 21, 2020 with a filing deadline of March 24, 2020.
The City saw overwhelming interest in the grant program, with over $1 million in grant requests from 80 applications across the city. Those restaurants that were not awarded or did not receive their full funding request are eligible to apply in the upcoming Small Business Grant Fund for up to a total amount between both funds of $15,000. The Small Business Grant Fund Application is anticipated to be released in the next few days.
View the list of tentative awards subject to contract execution here.
In response to the ongoing and growing concerns of the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and out of an abundance of caution, Mayor Sarno and Health Commissioner Caulton-Harris are issuing a new joint public health advisory and recommendation for our residents.
The City of Springfield is asking residents to wear face coverings when out in public, especially in locations where people are in transit such as but not limited to; grocery and convenient stores, bus and train stations, pharmacies and medical facilities, pet supply stores, and hardware shops or if they otherwise leave their home to participate in an exempt activity.
UPDATE (April 2, 2020):
Springfield City Council and School Committee Schedule Virtual Meetings
The Springfield City Council and School Committee have schedule virtual meetings. The City Council will hold their regular meeting virtually on Monday, April 6, 2020. The School Committee will hold their Budget and Finance Subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 and the meeting of the full School Committee will take place on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
Congressman Richard E. Neal announced that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, was signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020. The CARES Act, in part, provides for an additional $5 for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program on which Springfield is set to receive $2,301,793 of CDBG funds.
Grantees may use CDBG funds for a range of eligible activities that prevent and respond to the spread of infectious diseases such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), such as:
Buildings and Improvements, Including Public Facilities:
- Construct a facility for testing, diagnosis, or treatment.
- Rehabilitate a community facility to establish an infectious disease treatment clinic.
- Acquire and rehabilitate, or construct, a group living facility that may be used to centralize patients undergoing treatment.
- Rehabilitate a commercial building or closed school building to establish an infectious disease treatment clinic, e.g., by replacing the HVAC system.
- Acquire, and quickly rehabilitate (if necessary) a motel or hotel building to expand capacity of hospitals to accommodate isolation of patients during recovery.
- Make interim improvements to private properties to enable an individual patient to remain quarantined on a temporary basis.
Assistance to Businesses, including Special Economic Development Assistance
- Provide grants or loans to support new businesses or business expansion to create jobs and manufacture medical supplies necessary to respond to infectious disease.
- Avoid job loss caused by business closures related to social distancing by providing short-term working capital assistance to small businesses to enable retention of jobs held by low- and moderate-income persons.
- Provide technical assistance, grants, loans, and other financial assistance to establish, stabilize, and expand microenterprises that provide medical, food delivery, cleaning, and other services to support home health and quarantine.
- Carry out job training to expand the pool of health care workers and technicians that are available to treat disease within a community.
- Provide testing, diagnosis or other services at a fixed or mobile location.
- Increase the capacity and availability of targeted health services for infectious disease response within existing health facilities.
- Provide equipment, supplies, and materials necessary to carry-out a public service.
- Deliver meals on wheels to quarantined individuals or individuals that need to maintain social distancing due to medical vulnerabilities.
The funds may also be used for planning, capacity-building, and technical assistance in the furtherance of these goals.
Effective April 1, 2020, all passenger and dealer plate registrations that expired in March and passenger plates that are expiring in April have been extended for 60 days. Registrations that expired in March have been extended until May 31 and registrations that expire in April have been extended until June 30. Registration renewals can continue to be performed online at Mass.Gov/RMV.
UPDATE (April 1, 2020):
Springfield Public Schools Add Additional Meal Site and Make Other Announcements
The Springfield Public Schools have announced the addition of Sumner Ave to the Meals Program. This brings the total number of locations up to 17.
Other announcements include, the School Department initiating plans to include dinner to the Meal Program and to begin the distribution of laptops to students.
UPDATE (March 31, 2020):
Governor Baker Extends Order for Non-Essential Businesses to Remain Closed Until May 4, 2020.
In accordance with Governor Baker’s extension of his March 23, 2020 order, all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” must continue to keep their physical workplaces and facilities closed to workers, customers and the public until May 4, 2020.
Governor Baker also extended his stay-at-home advisory until May 4, 2020.
UPDATE (March 30, 2020):
Springfield Public Schools Begin Initiative to Distribute Laptops to Students
Springfield Public Schools is set to begin an initiative to put as many as 10,000 laptops in the hands of K-12 students who do not have access to a computer while they are at home. The laptop distribution initiative began today with a three-day registration period for families requesting a laptop.
The initiative builds on the district’s Technology Plan. Implemented six years ago, the initiative provided a laptop for every Springfield Public School student in grades 3 through 12. The program provided a computer for every two students in grades kindergarten through second. In recent years, the district piloted a program that allowed students at the pilot schools to bring the laptops home at night, rather than leave them at school.
“Clearly, we were moving at a measured pace in the direction of providing a take-home laptop for every student, the coronavirus pandemic has forced us to quicken that pace exponentially,” said Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick. “As we engage in remote learning, it is important for us to make sure every student has access to the same resources.”
The initiative will allow families with students who need a laptop to either pick it up via drive-through at the student’s school or those without transportation can arrange for home delivery. Both alternatives will be scheduled. The Springfield Public Schools Information Technology Department, along with paraprofessionals, teachers, and Central Office staff who have volunteered to assist in the effort, will disinfect each laptop and help with distribution. The distribution process will follow appropriate social distancing guidelines to protect the health of staff, students and families.
Laptops are currently expected to be ready for scheduled pick-up or delivery beginning on April 6, 2020. Schools will reach out directly to families who register for a laptop to inform them of the distribution schedule.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood announced that the State Police will partner with the City of Springfield’s Police Department by deploying 9 state troopers to the city to complement the police department’s patrols and operations while awaiting the National Guard. The troopers will be assigned 3 per shift.
Mayor Sarno gave his Weekly COVID-19 Situational Update
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and his Cabinet Heads continue to provide weekly updates to our residents and business community the City of Springfield's COVID-19 (coronavirus) situational updates. Also in attendance was Baystate Health President and CEO Dr. Mark Keroack, and Mercy Medical Chief Medical Officer and Regional Chief, Addiction Medicine and Recovery Services Dr. Robert Roose
City of Springfield Closes and Prohibits All Active Recreational Activities
The City of Springfield' Parks Department, out of an abundance of caution, has closed and are prohibiting all active recreational activities which include but limited to: Golf Cources, Basketball (hoops are down), Tennis (courts are locked), Playgrounds (tapped off), and Farmers Markets.
UPDATE (March 27, 2020):
Baker-Polito Administration Announces Travel Guidelines To Support COVID-19 Response
Beginning March 27, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. This guidance will be displayed as posters at service plazas along 1-90 eastbound, distributed as flyers at major transportation hubs and on posted on highway message boards. 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.
The Springfield City Library has prepared a list of services they are offering to patrons while library buildings are closed to the public. Visit the Springfield City Library website for more information: https://www.springfieldlibrary.org/library/.
MassDOT-Registry of Motor Vehicles No-Walk-in Policy
Effective today, Friday, March 27th, the RMV will enforce a strict no walk-in policy at its eight open Service Centers. The only transactions processed at service centers will be those that require an in-person transaction, including Commercial Driving Licenses/Permits, some new registrations, out of state conversions and new Mass IDs. These customers will be required to make an online appointment reservation.
City of Springfield Announces Contingency Plan for City’s Homeless Population
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joined with members of his administration today to announce the City's Contingency Plan for the Springfield Homeless Population. Under the plan, there will be three tents available for individuals who are homeless to access on Worthington St. One tent is reserved for Testing, one for those with Symptoms to isolate, and the third for those in Quarantine.
Mayor Sarno Signs on to Letter Asking the President and Federal Government to Coordinate Efforts for the Purchasing and Distribution of Medical Equipment
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno today signed onto a letter from the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group asking President Trump and the Federal Government to support our hospitals and healthcare facilities, and our cities, towns and states by using their federal power and authority to ramp up production of ventilators, PPE’s such as the N95 masks, testing kits and quicker turnaround for results, and other much-needed medical equipment.
Mayor Sarno stated, “This public health emergency situation has affected all of us across the nation. The needs of our cities, states, hospitals and other healthcare facilities to proactively respond to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 has put stress upon our first responders and front line personnel. It has pushed our resources to their limits. Now more than ever, we need a coordinated effort on a national scale to meet the ever growing demands of the purchasing and distribution of medical equipment.”
Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo today announced an agreement to extend the 2019 state individual income tax filing and payment deadline from April 15 to July 15 due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. This income tax relief is automatic and taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms to qualify.
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.
Mayor Sarno Petitions HUD for Additional CDBG Funds for Small Business Assistance
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chief Development Officer Tim Sheehan today sent a letter to David Tille, Regional Administrator for HUD, seeking flexibility to redeploy potentially $500,000 additional CDBG funding for the “Prime the Pump” restaurant grant program and to assist small businesses with a direct grant initiative.
Previously the City had announced and released the “Prime the Pump” grant application, aimed at providing immediate financial relief for restaurants in Springfield that have transitioned to take out service models. The goal of the program is to help preserve jobs and assist restaurant businesses through this difficult time.
Following up on this grant program, the city is seeking to utilize this additional CDBG funding from HUD for additional relief for our restaurants and other small businesses.
Mayor Sarno states, “It’s critical that we do what we can to help support our small businesses during these difficult times. I have directed my Chief Development Officer Tim Sheehan to follow up with HUD Regional Administrator David Tille on this matter and to prepare program guidelines for as early as next week so that we can get this much-needed assistance out to our small businesses. I want to thank Congressman Richard Neal for his continued leadership and for reaching out to HUD Secretary Ben Carson in support of our letter.”
Mayor Sarno Announces Request for Massachusetts National Guard
Mayor Sarno announced today, out of an abundance of caution and to continue to be proactive in addressing any potential needs that might arise due to the public health emergency situation of COVID-19. That he has contacted the Office of Governor Baker and MEMA to request the Massachusetts National Guard to be deployed in the City of Springfield under the command of Police Commission Cheryl Clapprood.
The Mayor has requested for 75 members of the Massachusetts National Guards to be deployed to help augment and supplement our local police and city operations.
“Though our dedicated men and women in blue are currently fully staffed and out on the front lines providing our residents and business community with the public safety operations they need. The reality of the situation is this COVID-19 situation will eventually begin to take its toll on our first responders and front line personnel.” Mayor Sarno said. “From the daily morning reports Police Commissioner Clapprood has provided me, we are already down 20 officers and are awaiting their test results to determine if they can end their self-quarantine and return back to duty. Commissioner Clapprood and I realize that this number can and will increase so we have to be proactive in our strategies to continue to keep our residents and business community safe and sound.”
Mayor Sarno added, “I take this action as a precautionary measure as we continue to plan ahead and stay proactive during this COVID-19 situation. The addition of these 75 members from the Massachusetts National Guard will help to augment and supplement our local police and other city operations as needed under the direct command of Commissioner Clapprood.”
UPDATE (March 26, 2020):
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno has announced that out of an abundance of caution due to the current public health emergency and the evolving concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the City of Springfield will extend the period in which City Hall and all municipal buildings will remain closed to the public until Monday, May 4, 2020.
Governor Baker announced on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, that his administration was taking new actions in support of the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response to mitigate the spread of the virus, by extending the closure order of all schools across the Commonwealth until May 4, 2020.
UPDATE (March 25, 2020):
All city services continue to operate and serve the public’s needs. Imperative City services go beyond public safety and health care. Birth and death certificates still need to be issued, municipal lien certificates still need to be produced in order for house closings, payroll and benefits still need to be administered for City employees, IT services need to be available to assist employees working remotely.
Those things considered, all city employees continue to provide essential city services under modified schedules, which include working remotely, alternating days working on site, or any combination, which has been determined as appropriate by the department head where services can continue with minimum interruptions.
UPDATE (March 24, 2020):
City of Springfield Office of Planning & Economic Development Resources
The City of Springfield’s Office of Planning & Economic Development will continue to update their dedicated COVID-19 Business Resources page with information, resources, and guidance for businesses here.
UPDATE (March 23, 2020):
Governor Baker Issues Order for Non-Essential Services and Workplaces to Shutdown and Advisory on Non-essential Travel
Governor Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely.
The Order also prohibits the gatherings of more than 10 people.
The Governor also issued an Advisory asking people to avoid any non-essential traveling and stay at home.
Click here for the full list of categories of “COVID-19 Essential Services”
Click here for a copy of the Emergency Order
Click here for a copy of the Guidance of Assemblages
UPDATE (March 19, 2020):
City of Springfield Issues New Public Health Emergency Recommendations
Following up on Governor Baker’s order to close all daycares and childcare centers across the Commonwealth, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, upon the recommendation of Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, is strongly encouraging other venues to voluntarily adhere to and follow these Public Health Emergency recommendations by taking precautionary measures needed.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the city is reminding everyone to adhere to the social distancing recommendations and asking that certain venues take the precautionary measures needed during these public health emergency times by voluntarily discontinuing services. The city is asking that barber shops, salons, hairdressers, tattoo and piercing studios, massage parlors and spas, and nail salons all take the precautionary measures during these public health emergency times and voluntarily discontinue services as to adhere to the social distancing guidelines of remaining at least six (6) feet apart.
We must continue to strike a balance between serious health concerns and the nature of doing business. The City of Springfield must do our very best to stay ahead of this growing concern to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
The City of Springfield will continue to monitor the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) situation. The city is committed to keeping our residents and business community informed about the latest developments. To stay up-to-date on all the latest information we encourage everyone to visit the City’s website at www.springfield-ma.gov.
The City of Springfield has a dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update webpage that is continually updated with new information and developments from our health experts, the city, the state, federal government and other important agencies and organizations.
UPDATE (March 18, 2020):
City of Springfield's Planning and Economic Development Office - Restaurant Grant Program
The City of Springfield has launched a grant program aimed to assist our local restaurants during these challenging times by making available, funds to help restaurant businesses that seek to reorganize their service delivery operations to meet the public health restrictions and retain their existing employees to degree possible. Qualifying restaurants can apply for up to $15,000 to help with these expenses.
For more information and details on how to apply, please contact the city’s Chief Development Officer Timothy Sheehan at (413) 787-6024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Mass Economic Development Council has provided a dedicated site listing available resources from both the state and community partners.
U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance to Small Businesses
TheU.S. Small Business Administration is offeringlow-interestfederal disaster loans for working capital for small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Hampden County has been identified as an eligible region.
Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.
For more information about Coronavirus, please visit: Coronavirus.gov.
For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus.
UPDATE (March 17, 2020): Governor Baker Announces Small Business Recovery Loan Fund
The Baker-Polito Administration announced economic support for small businesses with a $10 million loan fund to provide financial relief to those that have been affected by COVID-19.
The $10 million Small Business Recovery Loan Fund will provide emergency capital up to $75,000 to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19 with under 50 full- and part-time employees, including nonprofits. Loans are immediately available to eligible businesses with no payments due for the first 6 months. Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) has capitalized the fund and will administer it.
How to Apply:
Please complete the application found on MGCC’s website, EmpoweringSmallBusiness.org.
Completed applications can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “2020 Small Business Recovery Loan Fund”.
MGCC can be reached by email: email@example.com
Loan Fund Details:
- Who Qualifies: Open to Massachusetts-based businesses impacted by COVID-19 with under 50 full- and part-time employees, including nonprofits (negative impact must be verifiable).
- Terms and Conditions: This fund is being offered with no payments due for the first 6 months, then 30-months of principal and interest payments and no prepayment penalties.
- Businesses can apply for loans up to $75,000.
UPDATE (March 16, 2020): City Hall and All Municipal Buildings to Close to Public
Due to the evolving concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 – Coronavirus and out of an abundance of caution, the City of Springfield has announced that it will be closing City Hall and all other municipal buildings to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until April 5, 2020.
Governor Baker announced Sunday evening, March 15, 2020, Emergency Actions to help address the potential spread of COVID-19. As such, the City of Springfield will adhere to these actions by strictly following the public health recommendations of social distancing guidelines and limiting public gatherings to 25 people or less.
At this time, all City of Springfield employees will continue to report to work as directed and under the discretion of their managers. Departments will remain open in a modified aspect.
The City of Springfield will continue to maintain all essential functions and services. Residents are encouraged to conduct their city related business remotely when possible by utilizing our 311 Call Center at (413) 736-3111 and our website at www.springfield-ma.gov. Individuals encountering urgent, time-sensitive situations requiring the attention of City of Springfield staff are advised to contact the appropriate department to determine if an accommodation can be made.
UPDATE (March 13, 2020): City of Springfield Declares State of Emergency
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno today declared a state of emergency in the City of Springfield to mitigate any potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result the following actions have been taken by the city:
- Springfield Public Schools are temporarily closed
- Springfield Senior Centers are temporarily closed
- Springfield Public Libraries are temporarily closed
- Large assemblies over 250 people or more are temporarliy canceled
UPDATE (March 11, 2020): Springfield Public Schools update and FAQ's
UPDATE (March 10, 2020): Baystate Health has established a dedicated web page to provide accurate and timely information and recommendations regarding COVID-19
UPDATE (March 4, 2020): Per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Revised CDC guidance regarding returning travelers from Level 2 and 3 countries
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced revised guidance regarding travelers to Level 2 and 3 countries returning to the US and recommended procedures for reducing the risk of transmission of the virus associated with COVID-19). The CDC link is also here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers (click on the travel notice beside each country).
Change in guidance for returnees from Level 2 and 3 countries:
- Returning travelers from Level 3 countries other than China and Iran (currently Italy and South Korea) are asked to self-quarantine (“stay home") for 14 days since the date of entry to the United States and self-monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) will NOT be providing traveler information on returnees from these countries to states. DPH will NOT be asking local health departments to educate these travelers on self-quarantine nor actively monitor these individuals during their 14-day quarantine period.
- Returning travelers from Level 2 countries (currently Japan) are asked to limit contact with others and self-monitor for symptoms. DGMQ will NOT be providing traveler information on returnees from level 2 countries to states. DPH will NOT be asking local health departments to educate these travelers on self-monitoring.
Reminder of guidance already in place:
Foreign nationals may not travel from China or Iran to the United States. US residents returning from these countries will continue to be identified for state health departments by DGMQ and DPH will continue to request local health department assistance in monitoring these returnees and supporting them to self-quarantine for 14 days.
CDC recommends everyone avoid all non-essential travel to Level 3 countries (currently China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea) and that older individuals and those with chronic health conditions avoid non-essential travel to Level 2 countries (currently Japan).
Travelers with questions should call the 24/7 Epi Line: 617-983-6800. DPH will be conducting weekly conference calls with local boards of health starting next week. Call information will be forthcoming.
The Department will share further guidance as it becomes available.
The City of Springfield encourages you to check out the following information from the State of Massachusetts and the CDC:
- Health Alert: Travelers from Wuhan, China
- MA Department of Public Health Memo- Coronavirus
- MDPH Coronavirus webpage
- MDPH Fact Sheets for Patients and Translations
- CDC Coronavirus Landing Page
- Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers Webpage on COVID-19
The new MDPH website provides relevant up-to-date information on the state of the novel coronavirus for all residents: mass.gov/2019coronavirus.
Additional details and guidance regarding the novel coronavirus, is available from the CDC: 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
Fact Sheets from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health can be found here.
Springfield Department of Health and Human Services is working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention