This page will be updated frequently as more information becomes available.
The Norwell Emergency Management Team consists of multiple Departments & Services during this evolving situation. Board of Health, Police, Fire, Town Administration, Norwell Schools, Council on Aging, Norwell CERT, Norwell VNA & Hospice, and more.
This page acts as the single source for Public Information during this situation. The Norwell Police & Fire/Emergency Management Facebooks, Twitter accounts, and Norwell Emergency Alert Systems are utilized to consolidate and spread knowledge & important information out to our residents through our daily announcements and situation reports as a combined effort as stated in the Town Administrator's immediate release on March 16, 2020.
Norwell Total Case Count: 124 (58 Recovered)
Positive cases as of 5/22/20
(The Total Case Count includes Long-term Care Facility, Recovered, and Antibody testing cases in Town to date.)
Positive cases as of 5/22/20
Please note: The Norwell Board of Health performs all case investigations and contact tracing in Town. We verify residency, provide all protocols to patients for isolation and quarantine, and monitor as required by the State. Cases are investigated as results come in throughout the day, including weekends and nights. Due to the time involved in these investigations. The daily 4pm Emergency Management reverse 911 announcement's total cases reported are at that current time and may vary as this page is updated into the evening. Total cases may vary from the weekly City/Town total case count provided by Mass DPH as we are verifying residency and updating the State system to reassign that patient to the proper City/Town they reside in. The information made public is per the recommendation of Mass DPH. At this time we are not releasing the number of deaths.
- If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
- For general information via phone on COVID-19 please contact the Mass 2-1-1 information line.
- What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
What You Need to Know:
- Recycle Center is reopening Saturdays 9am to 3pm starting May 23rd, please read the guidance here. Curbside Bulk item pickup service has resumed. Contact Waste Management at 800-972-4545 to schedule.
- On May 18, Governor Baker issued an order outlining the phased reopening of workplaces and imposing workplace safety measures to address COVID-19. Further information on the order, can be found here.
- Governor Charlie Baker has issued an executive order to further extend the the maximum number of group assemblies of 10 people until rescinded or until the State of Emergency is ended, whichever occurs first.
- Mass. Dept. of Public Health Safer-at-Home Advisory has been updated for all residents and remains in effect. Additional guidance can be found here.
- Governor Charlie Baker has issued an executive order requiring all residents to wear a mask in public places when it is not possible to maintain proper social distancing. This applies to workers and customers of essential businesses like groceries and pharmacies. The order is effective 12:01am, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Additional guidance on that order, can be found here.
- Governor Charlie Baker has issued an executive order to further extend the closure of all Massachusetts schools for the rest of the school year. Parents will be notified with additional information and updates via Norwell Public Schools e-mails.
- Governor Charlie Baker has issued an executive order to further extend the closure of all non emergency child care programs until June 29, 2020. This does not include Emergency Childcare Centers that serve families of first-responders and front-line medical personnel.
- If you are newly unemployed, please contact the Department of Transitional Assistance to determine if you are eligible for SNAP benefits. For more information click here.
- The Norwell Food Pantry is closed physically during this pandemic but we are still able to assist our patrons during this time. Any resident in our community who needs help accessing food, can contact the Food Pantry by calling or texting 781-690-5050 or by emailing norwellFp@aol.com.
- The Town has postponed Town Meeting to June 15, 2020 and Town Elections to June 27, 2020.
- A temporary emergency order has been issued that prohibits the use of reusable bags and allows the use of single use plastic bags until further notice. Retailers will provide bags free of charge during this time.
- All restaurants and bars in Norwell are not allowed to serve food or beverages on site. Take out and Delivery only.
- Town offices are closed to the public. The Town will still operate and offices will still be staffed, but residents will be required to conduct business via telephone, the Internet or through the mail. No emergency services will be impacted. For a full list of department phone numbers and contact information, please click here.
Organized athletic events on town fields are cancelled. All School and Recreation Playgrounds are closed. Norris Reservation is closed.