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Peabody Mayor declares state of emergency

Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. has declared a local state of emergency for Peabody in response to the actions to be taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
All city buildings are closed through March 27. The city has also begun to take the necessary steps to cancel non-essential government meetings.
“While we certainly understand this situation is not ideal, we are proceeding with the well-being of our citizens and staff in mind. We encourage everyone to closely follow information from the Massachusetts Department of Health (DPH), Peabody Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and exercise good judgment and caution,” Bettencourt stated in a communication.
Essential business with the city requiring an in-person transaction must be conducted by outside of City buildings by appointment through each department. Residents are encouraged to use the on-line servers and the drop box on the Chestnut Street side of City Hall for bill payment. Again, other business will be conducted by phone or email.
Please see the telephone contact numbers listed on the city website for frequently visited departments:
• The City’s online payment system allows residents to pay real estate, personal property, and
motor vehicle excise taxes online, in addition to paying water/sewer bills. Please visit www.peabody-ma.gov and go to Payment Center. The payment drop box continues to be available 24/7 at the entrance on the Chestnut Street side of City Hall.
Peter A. Torigian Senior Center
The Senior Center is offering meal delivery and transportation on a limited basis. Please call 978-531-2254 for more information.
Building Department
The Building Department will only be accepting applications online and will not be servicing any walk-in customers as contractors and homeowners are able to apply for, pay for, and print
permits from the City of Peabody website, www.peabody.ma.gov and go to Online Services.
• All essential inspections will be conducted on a case-by-case basis decided by the individual inspector. Please call 978-538-5724 should you have any questions.
• Curbside trash and recycling pickup will continue on a regular schedule unless otherwise noted.
Peabody Institute Library
• All three branches of the Peabody Institute Library are closed until further notice.
Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department
• The Recreation Department has cancelled all recreation programs that take place in a school, library or public building until April 26, 2020. We will notify individuals enrolled in our programs via email regarding scheduling updates and refunds.
The McVann/O’Keefe Skating Rink and The Meadow at Peabody Golf Course is closed until further notice.
You may register to vote, update your address and/or party, update your name or check registration information by visiting the Secretary of State’s Online Voter Registration System: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/ City census forms should either be mailed or placed in the drop box at the Chestnut Street side of City Hall. For all other essential transactions, such as death certificates and marriage licenses, please access the City website and/or call the City Clerk’s Office to schedule an appointment.
Veterans Services Office
• The Veterans Services Office will be open by appointment only by calling 978-538-5928.
As a reminder:
Take every day precautionary actions to avoid the spread of respiratory viruses like the flu and COVID-19, such as washing your hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and warm water (or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available), avoiding people who are sick, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue. People who are sick should stay home and not go into crowded public places or visit people in hospitals.
Anyone who is experiencing a fever and/or respiratory illness and is concerned they have either come into contact with the virus or traveled to an affected country within the last 14 days is advised to contact their primary health care provider. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks phones, keyboard, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Get the flu vaccine. Stay home if you are sick. Think about your own personal preparedness for you and your family (https://mass.gov/know plan-prepare).
For the most up-to date public health information, please visit these websites:
• Massachusetts Department of Public Health: http://www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus
• U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019
ncov/index.html
• World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus
2019
• Massachusetts 2-1-1
• Mass.gov: Know, Plan, Prepare — https://www.mass.gov/know-plan-prepare
The City of Peabody continues to monitor this situation very closely and will provide further updates on the City’s website and various social media platforms as new information becomes available:
City Website: https:///www.peabody-ma.gov City Facebook: facebook.com/Peabody.Gov/ City Twitter: @ CityofPeabodyMA
For School News and Updates: School Website: https://peabody.k12.ma.us/ School Twitter: @Peabody Public
Peabody TV: Facebook.com/Peabody TV; Twitter: @peabodyaccess; www.peabodytv.com