COVID-19 Update 3/13/20
Posted on 03/13/2020
COVID 19 Update

Update on COVID-19

March 13, 2020

William G. Keegan, Jr., ICMA-CM, 
Town Manager 
508-543-1219                                                                                    

Pauline Zajdel
Board of Health Director
508-543-1207


As of this morning, there continues to remain no reported cases in Foxborough of the COVID-19 Virus.  School and Town Offices remain open for now but that is subject change as the Town will continue to follow the direction of the State in determining how we will be operating in the next few weeks. 

We continue to have close contact with all major operating departments in determining if we need to shift our focus of operations.  We are now limiting any travel outside of the Offices and have cancelled or postponed most outside functions for the time being until the concerns over the virus begin to regress.  We encourage residents to contact the Town if you have any specific questions that you may have but we do encourage residents to visit our website (www.foxboroughma.gov) or call instead of visiting the Town or School facilities to try and limit any potential exposure to yourself or to members of the Town and School staff.  It remains important to remind residents that we are here to support the operation of your local government but we, like all employers, are taking protective and precautionary steps so that all staff members remain healthy.

Our goal and mission remains to provide as much service as possible in this challenging environment.  However, at some point we may be forced to scale back and alter our service delivery efforts to protect both the public and the staff members providing the service.  If that were to happen it will only be temporary until the COVID-19 scenario has subsided.   We are presently evaluating all options to determine the best and most reasonable course of action.  As this situation evolves, we will continue to take reasonable steps for the continuation of local government services.

The planned meeting of the Capital Committee is still on for tomorrow morning (March 14, 2020).  The meeting only involves a few people and does not pose any significant exposure risk. This meeting will begin at 8:30 AM in the Gala Meeting Room at Town Hall and will be televised live on Foxborough Cable Access.  Out of an abundance of caution we do not encourage residents to attend but rather watch the meeting live on television.  Only those individuals who will be presenting project details are being asked to attend in an effort to reduce any unintended exposure risks.  

If anyone has a concern over a project after it has been presented and acted on by the Committee, they can send an e-mail to the Town Manager at bkeegan@foxboroughma.gov and we will be glad to address it or share it with the Committee.  Because of Open Meeting Law limitations, I can only share information with members of the Committee. The Committee cannot deliberate over any item without the benefit of a posted public meeting.  If at any time a concern is presented that rises to the level of holding another meeting, the Town Manager as Chairman of this Committee, has the ability to call for an extra meeting so that specific concern can be discussed with the full Committee. 

In other news, Governor Baker enacted an emergency measure last night (March 12, 2020) that allows cities and towns to conduct meetings in a virtual manner.  Prior to this action, cities and towns who had previously adopted the Remote Meeting Provision of MGL Chapter 30A, Subsection 20(d) were required to at least have a quorum of the committee members present at the meeting in order to allow the remaining members to participate remotely.  Based on the Governor’s action last night, the quorum requirement has been temporarily suspended. This means that all members could participate remotely.  Foxborough has never accepted the statutory provision that allows for remote meeting participation.  However given the current circumstances, that consideration will be made by the Board of Selectmen at their meeting on Tuesday night (March 17, 2020).  If that is approved by the Board, we will then look at the logistically steps that need to be taken over the course of the next week.

For now, business in Foxborough largely remains unchanged; though we remain vigilant and cognizant of the fact that things could be changing rapidly over the course of the next few days.  We will continue to keep you advised of any changes as they become available to us.

Please remain safe during this unprecedented time.


William G. Keegan, Jr., ICMA-CM  Town Manager                                             
Pauline Zajdel Board of Health Director