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Richmond updates residents on coronavirus precautions

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RICHMOND — The town is urging residents and visitors to double down on precautions to avoid risking exposure to the novel coronavirus.

At its meeting this week, the Select Board updated its "Stay-at Home" order for residents and staff for 14 days from their last day of exposure if they have recently traveled to or from any COVID-19 "hot spots."

It's part of an effort to keep all residents and employees safe and to stop the spread of the virus, said Town Administrator Danielle Fillio.

The Select Board also deferred any formal decision on whether to postpone the annual town meeting and election currently scheduled for May 20 and 23, respectively. The board members will continue to monitor the situation and resume the discussion at a meeting in April.

While Town Hall and town buildings remain closed to the public, staff will be very limited and rotational to keep a minimal number of employees on hand at any one time, Fillio explained.

But town staffers are keeping the essential functions of local government going, and the Highway Department is working on a rotational schedule based on social distancing guidelines if not working on road projects.

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Other advisories from the town:

- The drop box outside the Town Hall front door remains available to leave paperwork or payments.

- Volunteers will help residents with food or other grocery needs. Some local restaurants are offering delivery for those who cannot leave their homes. Anyone needing assistance can call Town Hall at 413-553-7793. Messages are being checked regularly and calls are being returned as soon as possible.

- Bartlett's Orchard has set up a food pantry for those in need. Pickups or drop-offs can be made during regular store hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. Additional information: Cindy Bartlett, 413-698-2559.

- Richmond Consolidated School is offering daily lunch to residents of Richmond and West Stockbridge. Meals can be picked up between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. by emailing Tammy Jervas (tjervas@richmondconsolidated.org) with the number of lunches needed, or by calling her at 698-2207, ext. 124, the night before. Deliveries are available for those without transportation.

Clarence Fanto can be reached at cfanto@yahoo.com, on Twitter @BE_cfanto or at 413-637-2551.


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