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Town Buildings To Reopen On Monday

Kristen Arute, Hingham Staff, July 7, 2020

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The Board of Health met on Tuesday night and discussed the reopening plan for Town Hall and other town buildings according to Phase 3 of the State's plan. "Starting on Monday, Town Hall is going be open to staff only," said Health Agent Susan Sarni who has established Town employees have been set up in two teams called Team A and Team B. "Team A will work full time throughout the week, then will stay home for week two," continued Sarni, "and Team B will come in. This is for COVID tracing purposes." This schedule will be in effect for two to four weeks until the building is made open to the public. Town Administrator Tom Mayo and the Board of Selectmen will announce that date.

Since the beginning of March, all employees have been working from home at 85% capacity. "This is going to get us back into Town Hall so we can deliver services that aren't currently being met," said Sarni. The Town has a COVID-19 control plan on file for each building. Hand sanitizer and cleaning protocols have been established, and social distancing will be maintained within the buildings when things like shared copiers and bathrooms need to be used. All employees within every town-owned building have been trained on protocol.

"This is good. We're taking steps," said Board member Kirk Shilts. "It shows that we take this stuff seriously and that we follow the same requirements as any other business in Hingham."

Public meetings may not resume in person until the beginning of 2021. In the meantime, the Town will continue to use its seven Zoom accounts.

Board of Health members:

  • Peter Bickford - Chair

  • Kirk Shilts D.C. - Member

  • Elizabeth Eldredge, M.D. - Member