Brewster Current Cases: 99 (75 in long-term care facilities)
Please note - # of cases may differ from state or county totals based on data collection methods. Long term care facility data reported to the state database includes all residents and staff tested at the facility. Brewster totals only include residents and staff that reside in Brewster.
The Select Board voted to reduce poll hours for the June 23 Town Election from 10am to 2pm to keep citizens and poll workers safe. Voters are encouraged to vote by mail. Those wishing to do so may either submit a signed letter requesting a ballot or an application for the ballot. Submission requests may be submitted electronically by sending a scan or photo of a signed letter or application by email to email@example.com, fax to 508-896-8089, or txt to 774-353-0070. Ballots must be returned by mail or in the Town Clerk drop box outside town hall by election day, June 23.
The Brewster Recycling Center will be closed Monday, May 25, 2020 for the Memorial Day holiday. We will be open Tuesday, May 26, 2020 to alleviate any inconvenience.
Governor Baker issued a Statewide Order Requiring the Use of Masks Or Face Coverings effective May 6, 2020 in any place open to the public where social distancing cannot be maintained includings stores and public transit. Simple cloth face coverings can slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
DIY Instructions for Homemade Face Coverings:
Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items (rubber bands, string) or made at home from common materials (T-shirts, bandanas) can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Washing Masks/Care Instructions:
Wearing and Removing Masks:
Because of the continued shortage of face masks for health care professionals, several organizations across the Cape are producing homemade face coverings for those in need. To learn more, please visit https://www.ccmedicalreservecorps.org.
Local Retailer Face Coverings:
Remember – if you need to leave home, face coverings with social distancing will help protect you and your family.
Information for Members of Cape Cod & the Island’s Seasonal Community:
Updated as of May 18, 2020 -Effective through the end of Phase 1 of Governor Baker’s Phased Plan to Reopen Massachusetts.
Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and the Elizabeth Islands are small year-round communities whose residents appreciate, welcome, and depend upon you, our seasonal residents, non-resident homeowners, seasonal workforce, and visitors.
During the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming summer season, we all understand the desire to return to visit, work, or live on the Cape & Islands. So far, we have been successful in limiting the extent of the impact of COVID-19 on our communities by implementing early and vigilant social distancing measures per the guidance of the public health officials.
However, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health warns that we remain vulnerable to new cases due to the highly contagious and insidious nature of this disease. The seasonal nature of our communities and the influx of population in the warmer months makes our public health challenges even greater.
We all must do our part to remain safe and healthy by being aware of the following information and by taking the common sense precautionary measures outlined below by public health officials.
Please recognize that many of the amenities you are used to enjoying in our communities may be operating at limited capacity at this time and must comply with Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces. Be patient and follow health advisories as we all try to adjust to this “new normal”. We appreciate your support of our local economy.
With your help, and all of us working together, Cape Cod and the Islands will recover from this virus and these challenging economic times. We look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you for supporting this place that we all love by respecting this guidance.
William L. Crocker, Jr.
David T. Vieira
Dylan A. Fernandes
Timothy R. Whelan
Sarah K. Peake
Town of Brewster, Massachusetts– The Town of Brewster has been proactive in modifying our beach and shellfish permit programs for the 2020 Summer in order to continue to provide access to our beaches while ensuring the safety of our residents, visitors, and employees. Over the past month, at the recommendation of Town Administration, the Select Board has approved the following adjustments to how beach parking will be handled this year:
Beach parking permit enforcement is in effect June 15 through September 6, 2020, from 9am to 4pm daily. Vehicles parked without a visible permit will be fined $40.00. This is strictly enforced by the Brewster Police Department. Shellfish permit enforcement will continue in a manner consistent with current state directives.
The Town may further modify the Beach Parking Permit program this summer as necessary.
Survey seeks to better understand the current and anticipated impacts of COVID-19
For Immediate Release (May 19, 2020) – The Cape Cod Commission and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce have issued an online survey to Cape Cod business owners to better understand the current and anticipated economic impacts of COVID-19.
Data collected through this survey will be used to support economic recovery now and in the coming weeks and months, and can be leveraged by businesses, towns, and other organizations in future grant applications and reports.
“Cape Cod’s economy is built on the backs of small and local businesses,” said Wendy Northcross, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO. “The pandemic has seriously impacted our economy, and their response to this survey will help us craft a strategy for recovery.”
Business owners are asked to share their experiences and answer specific questions on topics including business closure, revenue loss, seasonality, employment impacts, and the need for assistance.
“Supporting the region through data is a key component of the agency’s work,” says Cape Cod Commission Executive Director Kristy Senatori. “Our hope is that the data collected through this survey will help strengthen our economy and provide critical assistance to our communities.”
Business owners are encouraged to respond. The Cape Cod Businesses: Economic Impacts of Covid-19 survey is available here:https://cccom.link/ImpactSurvey
Task Force Members Working In Unison to Prepare for Summer 2020 as Memorial Day Weekend Approaches
Cape Cod – The Cape Cod Reopening Task Force released a statement regarding the outlook for Summer 2020 today, after Governor Charlie Baker announced the reopening plan for the Commonwealth on Monday.
“We are cautiously optimistic that our friends, relatives and guests will return to the Cape this summer for respite and a return to a traditional vacation,” said Wendy Northcross, CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and Facilitator for the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force . “This optimism is supported by our recent traveler sentiment survey. The volume and pace of this summer is expected to differ from prior summers, but 67% of our opt-in visitor database is reporting they are likely to visit the Cape this year.” The Chamber is the region’s tourism council, which promotes Cape Cod and the Islands to visitors from around the world.
Due to a recent resignation, the Select Board is seeking one Brewster resident to serve on the Nauset Regional School Committee until the next town election (anticipated to be May 2021).
The Nauset Regional School Committee is comprised of ten members, elected at large, concurrently for a three-year term. The school committee has charge of the Nauset Regional Middle and High Schools.
The School Committee is responsible for:
They typically meet on the first and second Thursday of each month and may meet more during budget season (Jan. - March), if needed. They also attend Joint School Committee meetings four times a year.
If you are interested in filling this position, please send a letter of interest and resume for consideration to Robin Young, firstname.lastname@example.org the office of the Select Board no later than June 24, 2020. Prospective candidates are expected to be interviewed at the June 29, 2020 virtual joint Nauset Regional School Committee and Select Board meeting.
Brewster, MA May 12, 2020- Race organizers announced today that due to ongoing safety issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic the 42nd annual Brew Run scheduled for Saturday August 8th has been cancelled. Regrettably, this is the first cancellation in the history of this well-known and established 5.2 mile road race that has become a tradition for many Cape Cod families.
Race Director Tom Meagher offered the following on the cancellation. “While we regret having to take these actions a strong commitment to our main mission of ensuring the health and safety of the runners, volunteers, and the many families who enjoy this outstanding community based event prompts us to make what we feel is an extremely applicable decision to cancel this year’s Brew Run”.
In making the official announcement Meagher also wanted to remind runners that race officials and volunteers are excited about continuing the Brew Run legacy during next year’s event which is scheduled for Saturday August 14th, 2021.